Hyundai IONIQ 5 N Eyes Pikes Peak Record

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Hyundai is setting its sights on the Electric Production SUV/Crossover record at the 102nd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with two 641-horsepower IONIQ 5 N vehicles. This attempt underscores Hyundai’s ambition in the electric vehicle (EV) performance sector and marks a significant moment for the IONIQ 5 N, which is being prepared to showcase its racetrack capabilities. Hyundai’s participation in this storied event, often referred to as The Race to the Clouds, continues its tradition of testing and proving new technologies in rigorous conditions.

Key Highlights:

  • Hyundai’s Dual IONIQ 5 N Entry: Two IONIQ 5 N vehicles, each boasting 641 horsepower, are set to challenge the Electric Production SUV/Crossover record at Pikes Peak.
  • Experienced Drivers at the Helm: The IONIQ 5 N team includes Paul Dallenbach, an eleven-time PPIHC winner, and Ron Zaras, a motorsport enthusiast making his debut.
  • Preparation and Specifications: Minor safety updates comply with PPIHC rules, including a Recaro Pro Racer SPA Hans seat, Sabelt six-point HANS compatible seat belts, a roll cage, and a fire suppression system.
  • Rigorous Testing and Development: The IONIQ 5 N has undergone extensive testing, including at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, featuring structural enhancements and N-tuned brakes for enhanced racetrack capability.
Hyundai IONIQ 5 N Eyes Pikes Peak Record

Hyundai has a legacy of proving its technologies at Pikes Peak, dating back to 1992. The IONIQ 5 N represents the latest in a line of vehicles tested in the crucible of motorsport. “We are returning to the mountain stronger than we have left it, with a class-leading electric SUV in the form of IONIQ 5 N,” stated Till Wartenberg, head of N Brand and Motorsport.

The IONIQ 5 N’s journey to Pikes Peak is a testament to Hyundai’s dedication to performance and innovation in the electric vehicle space. With technologies inspired by the World Rally Championship and developed under extreme conditions, the IONIQ 5 N is poised to make a significant impact.

About Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: The PPIHC is the second oldest race in America, featuring a challenging 12.42-mile course with 156 turns and an elevation gain of 4,725 feet. The event showcases a diverse array of vehicles, from production-based Time Attack challengers to state-of-the-art Unlimited vehicles.

Hyundai Motor America’s Role: As a key player in the U.S. automotive market, Hyundai Motor America contributes significantly to the economy and innovation in the industry, with major operations across the country and a technology-rich lineup of cars, SUVs, and electrified vehicles.

Hyundai’s push for the Electric Production SUV/Crossover record at Pikes Peak with the IONIQ 5 N is a bold step into the future of electric performance, combining rigorous testing, advanced technology, and a passion for motorsport.

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