Hyundai hy­brid cracks land speed record

Motor Equipment News - - OEM -

The Hyundai Ioniq is a hy­brid car pretty much in the same mould as the Toy­ota Prius, and like the Prius is avail­able in overseas mar­kets, in­clud­ing Europe, as ei­ther a petrol/ elec­tric hy­brid, a pure elec­tric ve­hi­cle (EV) or a plug-in hy­brid.

En­ter the FIA, the global rul­ing body for mo­tor sport, and a new cat­e­gory for land speed record cars, “Production-based Hy­brids”.

Hyundai was the first to at­tempt a record in this new class, and so would have gone down in the record books no mat­ter how fast (or slow) it was.

How­ever, that wasn’t enough for the Hyundai Mo­tor Amer­ica’s en­gi­neer­ing and qual­ity team engi­neers, and in­stead they pro­duced a racepre­pared Hyundai Ioniq hy­brid pro­to­type with ni­trous ox­ide in­jec­tion.

And they went out and set a proper start­ing point for the new se­ries, one that’s go­ing to take a bit of beat­ing, with an FIA-ap­proved pro­duc­tion­based hy­brid ve­hi­cle land speed record of 157.825 mph (253.99km/h), with a peak exit speed of 160.7 mph (258.62km/h) at Amer­ica’s renowned Bon­neville Salt Flats. Low-re­stric­tion in­take and ex­haust sys­tems with re­tained catalyst. Engine, trans­mis­sion, and hy­brid ECU re­cal­i­brated and gov­er­nors re­moved. Air con­di­tion­ing and an­cil­lary ac­ces­sories re­moved. Ni­trous Ex­press sin­gle-stage di­rect­port ni­trous in­jec­tion with stand-alone fuel sys­tem, cock­pit-con­trolled.

The stan­dard petrol-elec­tric Ioniq has a 78kW 1.6-litre four-cylin­der petrol engine com­bined with a 24kW elec­tric mo­tor fed by a 1.54kWh lithium-ion poly­mer bat­tery.

The plug-in hy­brid vari­ant ups elec­tric mo­tor out­put to 45kW and has a larger 8.9kWh bat­tery pack pro­vid­ing up to 50km of pure elec­tric driv­ing.

In­stead of a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion used by other hy­brids, in­clud­ing the Toy­ota Prius, Hyundai has opted for a six-speed du­al­clutch au­to­matic.

The Ioniq EV has an 88kW elec­tric mo­tor and uses a 28 kWh lithi­u­mion poly­mer bat­tery which gives it a range of as much as 250km be­tween charges. It is this model which will be the first Ioniq for New Zealand, with a re­veal planned for De­cem­ber, and the ve­hi­cle avail­able in the New Year – but other ver­sions will likely fol­low.

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