Every high-performance N is designed by passionate experts and born here at the Hyundai Motor Namyang R&D Center. Then they go off to the Nürburgring in Germany, one of the world’s most grueling race tracks, to undergo rigorous testing and inspection. Through this painstaking process N technology has been refined and reborn. The N of today isn’t just fun on the race track, but is also a vehicle for delivering the pleasure of dynamic driving to people everywhere, every day.
The Namyang R&D Center in South Korea is the heart of Hyundai Motor's global R&D network, and the birthplace of the new i30 N. It consists of a multitude of facilities and test roads that cover over 3.3 million square meters of land.
With world-class researchers and facilities, Namyang serves as the ultimate think tank for the development of high-performance N.
In addition to existing test facilities at Namyang R&D, there is a high-speed handling track specialized for high-performance vehicles. The track was constructed over three years and completed in 2015, with the project being carried out entirely by car-loving N-gineers.
The track pays homage to the Nürburgring, with sections to test extreme cornering during acceleration or braking, along with a variety of other challenging features inspired by the unforgiving original. The track’s high-speed corners and varied elevations served as an excellent foundation for testing and developing N into the corner rascal it is today.
The Nürburgring Nordschleife is the home for honing high-performance N technologies. It is one of the world’s most challenging race tracks, with 73 corners covering 20.8 km of tarmac and repeated stretches of steep, sudden, uphill and downhill roads. The elevation varies between 320 and 617 meters, with a maximum difference of 300 meters, making it quite possibly the harshest on-road environment on Earth.
The Nürburgring Nordschleife is also home to the Hyundai Motor European Technical Center where accelerated durability tests are conducted. The creation of this test center in the middle of a battlefield that pits the world’s most advanced automotive technologies against the harshest road conditions, serves as a sign of Hyundai’s aggressive dedication towards the development of high-performance vehicle technology.