Hyundai is almost finished building its bespoke testing facility right next to the famous Nurburgring in Germany. The test centre will allow Hyundai to develop and hone vehicles more frequently.
Many manufacturers have garage facilities right next to the Nurburgring, allowing them complete punishing laps of the notoriously vigorous track. For Hyundai, it means more thoroughly tested vehicles, and in turn, better products for the consumers.
The 5.5-million-euro four-story complex will feature office space, workshops, and a special VIP hospitality section. Allan Rushforth, senior vice president and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, said,
“Quality is one of Hyundai’s core values and it is key to achieving customer satisfaction. The Nurburgring is the ultimate location to test vehicle durability, and we’re able to apply what we learn there to all of our vehicle development projects.
“Our new facility will increase our testing capacity, bringing direct benefits to our customers in terms of vehicle quality and performance.”
The company also says the facility will enable accelerated durability tests on 11 vehicles during the remainder of 2013, providing engineers with feedback on steering, brakes, and suspension setups.
The centre will be Hyundai’s second development facility in Germany, joining the R&D centre in Russelsheim which is responsible for powertrain and tuning. The new complex is scheduled to commence operation in August.