Hyundai prepares for full-time presence at iconic race track
Hyundai is undertaking final preparations ahead of moving into its new vehicle test center located at the iconic Nurburgring track in Germany. The purpose-built facility will be a permanent base at the track for the company to evaluate its vehicles on one of the toughest circuit in the world.
The test facility that's set to be completed by August this year will cover an area of 3.622 square meters and will be comprised of four floors that will house the workshops, office space, and a VIP hospitality area.
The new facility serves as an extension to Hyundai’s European research and development infrastructure that was established last 2003. It will enable them to access the Nürburgring, easily to complete a greater number of vehicle assessments per year, including Hyundai’s arduous ‘accelerated durability tests’ which simulate up to 180,000 km of severe driving in a matter of weeks, to provide valuable data on a wide range of parameters.
Other than the 'accelerated durability tests', everything from steering, suspension, ride and handling characteristics will be assessed on all 11 vehicles that the brand offers worldwide.
“Quality is one of Hyundai’s core values and it is key to achieving customer satisfaction. The Nürburgring 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." commented Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe. “Our new facility will increase our testing capacity, bringing direct benefits to our customers in terms of vehicle quality and performance.” added Rushforth.