HYUNDAI MOTOR READY TO RAMP UP TESTING AT NÜRBURGRING
- New European Test Centre officially opened at iconic Nürburgring
- Hyundai Motor invests more than 6,6 million in its new facility
- Purpose-built site to conduct more accelerated durability tests
Hyundai Motor has officially opened its brand new European Test Centre
at the Nürburgring in Germany, the company's latest investment in its
regional infrastructure. An opening ceremony marked the completion of
the 6,62 million purpose-built vehicle testing facility, boosting the
brand's R&D operations in Europe.
The company's new test centre provides it with a full-time presence at
the iconic Nürburgring circuit, allowing it to further evaluate and
develop the durability and driving dynamics of its vehicles more
effectively and more often.
Construction of the striking 3,622m2 Hyundai European Test Centre
began in June 2012 and was completed in less than 15 months. The
unique glass and steel building houses workshops, office spaces and
hospitality areas over four floors. The Nürburgring facility is an
extension of Hyundai's European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim,
Germany, where the brand's European design and engineering teams have
been based since 2003.
Hyundai's accelerated durability tests are conducted from the European
Test Centre. Each car taking part in the tests laps the Nürburgring
480 times in both dry and wet conditions, simulating over 100,000
miles of rigorous driving in less than six weeks.
Throughout each lap, data parameters are continually monitored,
assessing steering input and vehicle course, suspension movement and
ride and handling characteristics. The results are given directly to
the vehicle development team based at the circuit, enabling Hyundai's
engineers to quickly make changes and tailor cars' characteristics to
the demands of European drivers.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe
commented: "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."
The Nürburgring is widely recognised as one of the most challenging
tracks in the world, with 73 corners 33 left and 40 right spread
across 12.8 miles of tarmac. With a difference in height of almost 300
metres between the lowest and the highest points, it features uphill
and downhill gradients of 11 and 17 per cent respectively.