Hyundai plans more Nurburgring testing, sets up track-side facility

The Nurburgring is fast becoming the steeple when it comes to automotive engineering, with many large car companies now occupying development facilities right next to the circuit. Hyundai is the latest to announce it is building a track-side ‘garage’ to assist with the development of the company’s future vehicles.

Construction of a new test centre is already underway with the help of a 5.5-million euro investment injection. It will comprise of a 3050-square-metre building which is situated right next to the circuit and provides direct access.

The facility will be used to hone and engineer vehicles that are sold in Europe, including the i30, ix35, and the i40. Such vehicles are already designed, engineered, and tested at the company’s other development centre in Germany, in Russelsheim.

Hyundai says the Nurburgring will enable testing engineers to further develop the driving dynamics, reliability, and durability of future models. Allan Rushforth, senior vice president and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, recently said

“The new Hyundai test centre at Nurburgring is an expression of our intention to focus on improving the customer experience of our vehicles, such as ride and handling – an important consideration for European drivers.

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“The new centre represents a significant investment, and one we expect will significantly contribute to enhancing the perception of the Hyundai brand and our key competitive competence in Europe.”

With this kind of work going into Hyundai vehicles, it might only be a matter of time before a performance-oriented model is conjured up.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.