Hyundai Electric Ioniq 5 N Takes on Pikes Peak

shawn By On 31/05/2024 at 15:44

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At the international launch of the Ioniq 5 N, there were a few coy smiles around the dinner table. Senior Hyundai engineers confirmed the company’s plans to participate in Pikes Peak this summer but withheld the details.

Hyundai Electric Ioniq 5 N

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Next month, two of these Time Attacks will compete in Colorado, alongside a pair of production-spec models. The production cars aim to set a new record for Electric Production SUV/Crossover, while the modified TAs will go after the Electric Modified SUV/Crossover records. The Ioniq 5 N’s aggressive design, including a rear spoiler inspired by the Suzuki Escudo and a unique front end, suggests it could be a record-breaker, although Pikes Peak is known for its surprises.

The Time Attack version represents an evolution of the eN1 Cup Car, used in Hyundai’s one-make race series in Korea. The TA features motorsport-grade brakes with large AP Racing calipers, three-way adjustable dampers, 18-inch wheels fitted with Yokohama slicks, and a Recaro seat. The main modifications for the hill climb include a roll cage and a high-downforce aerodynamic package.

Much of the Time Attack’s technology is carried over from the showroom model. It retains the same 84kWh battery and motor, with software tuning boosting its power to 687hp.

Hyundai’s commitment to the Pikes Peak effort is underscored by the choice of drivers. Reigning King of the Mountain Robin Shute and WRC driver Dani Sordo will pilot the Time Attacks, while 11-time hill climb winner Paul Dallenbach and Ron Zaras will handle the production models.

Hyundai’s Head of N Brand and Motorsport, Till Wartenberg, emphasized the company’s dedication to the future of motorsport, stating: “We are investing in the future of motorsport with our first-ever electric Pikes Peak racer. Motorsport passion continues to be at Hyundai N’s core as we move into the future.”

Beyond Pikes Peak, Hyundai has more motorsport activities lined up. Four Elantra N TCR cars, entered by customer teams, will compete in the Nurburgring 24 Hours this weekend, aiming for a fourth consecutive TCR win.

A Hyundai Driving Experience i30 Fastback N will compete in the VT2 FWD class following last year’s victory. The N24 weekend will also feature an announcement of Hyundai’s collaboration with Gran Turismo for various sim-racing activities, including participation in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. With N24 kicking off at 1500 BST tomorrow and Pikes Peak set for June 23rd, Hyundai’s motorsport endeavors are in full swing.


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