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Hyundai Motor Runs Three Cars at the Nürburgring 24h Race Including i302.0 Turbo Development Car

  • Hyundai to conduct performance power train production trial at iconic endurance race
  • Hyundai i30 2.0 Turbo development car is one of three cars to contest the race
  • Nürburgring 24h race is part ofthe development of motorsport-inspired N models

May 24, 2016- Hyundai Motor will run three cars at the iconic Nürburgring 24h Race, taking place from May 26 to 29, as part of the company's motorsport-inspired development of its high performance sub-brand 'N'. Hyundai Motor will race two production-car-based models, i30 1.6 Turbo (#133) and a Veloster (#134), and thedevelopment car i30 2.0 Turbo.

The i30 1.6 Turbowill focus on defending its 2015 class win, while the i30 2.0Turbo(#102) development car will concentrate on enhancing understanding of performance technologies ahead of Hyundai Motor's future high-performance N sub-brand models.The i302.0 Turbo will run to tackle the challenging German circuit in an intensive test of the new performance-focused powerplant.

"This Nürburgring 24h race provides the ideal test bed for our motorsport-inspired N sub-brand development and a key part of our 'born inNamyang, honed at Nürburgring' performance-car ethos. The technological inspiration and experience gained from this extreme testing will accelerate our development of high-performance,fun-to-driveN models," said Albert Biermann, Hyundai Motor Head of Vehicle Test and High Performance Development.

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Hyundai Motorsport secures best ever Portugal result after demanding weekend

Dani Sordo has secured his third successive fourth place finish after a trouble-free final day at Rally de Portugal.

Matosinhos, Portugal - Hyundai Motorsport has concluded Rally de Portugal, the fifth round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a fourth place finish, the team’s best to date at the event.

Following a weekend of highs and lows for the team, it was a trouble-free Sunday with both Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville completing the final four stages comfortably.

Rally de Portugal has been an important learning experience for the team, following its most competitive start to a WRC season. Retirements for Kevin Abbring and Rally Argentina winner Hayden Paddon were a prelude to more disappointment on Saturday with Neuville stopping midway through SS11 having run out of fuel.

On a more positive note, Sordo has enjoyed a strong rally, pushing his #4 New Generation i20 WRC car to finish just outside of the podium positions. Neuville re-joined under Rally 2 regulations on Sunday morning to allow the team the opportunity to learn more about the performance of its car on the Portuguese terrain.

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HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT READY FOR PORTUGAL CHALLENGE

Hyundai Motorsport is going all out to take more World Rally Championship (WRC) glory this weekend in the Rally Portugal.

Hyundai Motorsport ready for Portugal challengeAfter taking victory in Argentina in the 4th round of the WRC Hyundai has confirmed it will enter four cars into this weekend’s Rally de Portugal.

Test and development driver Kevin Abbring will make his 2016 WRC debut alongside co-driver Seb Marshall, driving the 2015 specification Hyundai i20 WRC.

Star Hyundai driver, Hayden Paddon, says taking victory in Argentina was great, but the focus is now squarely on the coming challenge.

“We’re heading into a string of European rallies where we have a lot more experience. We want to continue with the level of performance we showed in Argentina, fighting more regularly at the front. “The New Generation i20 WRC has performed strongly so far but we know where we have more performance to find, and the team is working hard to make improvements rally by rally. “I’m excited to see what we can do.”

While Team Principal Michel Nandan says tyre choice and management will be a crucial part of the Rally de Portugal strategy. “The route for this year’s rally is very similar to 2015 so we know that tyres will play a big role. We have learned a lot in this area so will aim to put that into practice. “Our New Generation i20 WRC has met our high expectations so far but we’re still finding ways to improve the car further. “All four drivers are motivated to do well this weekend. We have had a great start to the season but this is only round five so we have to keep concentrated on the job in hand and get the best out of ourselves. “We have shown what we can achieve, so the expectations on us are now much higher.”

The WRC Rally de Portugal begins on Thursday.

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