The Hyundai Ioniq may be months away from hitting dealerships but that hasn’t prevented it from breaking records in Utah’s renowned Bonneville Salt Flats.

Hyundai Motor America’s Engineering and Quality team recently race-prepped a Hyundai Ioniq hybrid prototype by enhancing the powertrain, aerodynamics and suspension in order to set a new hybrid vehicle land speed record.

Side profile of the land speed Hyundai Ioniq

The special modifications done include a cockpit-controlled Nitrous Express single-stage direct-port nitrous injection with stand-alone fuel system; recalibration of the engine, transmission and ECU; low-restriction intake and exhaust systems with retained catalyst; removal of climate control system and ancillary accessories; front grille and valance integration; underbody and air dam modifications.

It also gets uprated suspension components and better grip courtesy of the following: Progress Competition coil-over suspension with optimized spring, damping and sway bar rates and ride height lowered 100mm; lightweight aero wheels and wheel covers with Goodyear Eagle tires; fully-integrated high-strength safety cage structure (Bisimoto-designed); Sparco 6-point safety harness system, racing seat, and driver safety gear; and an on-board fire-suppression system, battery disconnects and parachute.

The Nitrous Oxide system fitted in the Hyundai Ioniq

The result was a Hyundai Ioniq hybrid that set an FIA-approved production-based hybrid vehicle land speed record of 253.9 km/h with a peak exit speed of 258.6 kph.

“We couldn’t be more proud in setting the FIA hybrid-category record with our new Ioniq hybrid. Our engineering team really pushed the limits to set this new segment benchmark while demonstrating the impressive durability of the entire Ioniq vehicle platform. We expect this will be the first of many accolades for Ioniq,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America.

The Nitrous Express tanks on the Hyundai Ioniq

“A key role of Hyundai’s engineering team in the U.S. is to thoroughly test all future vehicle prototypes to ensure they exceed the demanding expectations of our customers. As we performed these tests on Ioniq, the engineering and quality staff became so impressed with the results that we began to wonder if we should raise our sights even higher, and the Ioniq land speed record effort was born,” said Mircea Gradu, director, Engineering and Quality, Hyundai Motor America.