Hyundai hybrid cracks land speed record
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.