Hyundai officially opened its new European Test Center at the Nürburgring in Germany last September 13. The 6.6 million-euro testing facility is the company’s latest investment in its regional infrastructure, and is meant to boost the brand’s R&D operations in Europe. Due to its location, the new test center can run evaluations and development of Hyundai vehicles more often and more effectively.

The facility’s construction started in June 2012 and was completed in less than 15 months. The 3,622 square meter test center features workshops, office spaces, and hospitality areas. This functions as an extension of Hyundai’s European R&D center in Russelsheim, Germany.

Hyundai’s ‘accelerated durability tests’ are conducted from the European Test Center. Vehicles subjected to the tests has to lap the Nürburgring 480 times in both dry and wet conditions. The test simulates 180,000 km of severe driving in less than 6 weeks.

“The Nürburgring is a unique challenge for any vehicle, so it is the perfect location for our new facility.  The new European Test Centre is a natural extension of our Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, and enables Hyundai Motor to more quickly and more accurately test the reliability and drivability of our vehicles. The emotional appeal of being ‘tested at Nürburgring’ will also help to further build the brand’s reputation across Europe,” said Hyundai Motor Europe Senior VP and COO Allan Rushforth.