Torque (Singapore) - - I30 N HYUNDAI -

Hyundai’s N di­vi­sion is headed up by Al­bert Biermann, for­merly from BMW’s M GmbH. He joined the Korean gi­ant at the end of 2014.

His first ma­jor project at BMW was the iconic E30 M3. This is a good clue as to the di­rec­tion he wants to steer Hyundai’s drive-faster per­for­mance pro­gramme.

Biermann in­sists that N is not just a car­bon copy of the M story and will forge its own path to cre­ate re­spectable sport­ing cars, through the op­ti­mal use of the re­sources al­ready avail­able in Hyundai.

Biermann is not alone in this quest. Hyundai has also hired Thomas Schemera, ex-BMW, to be head of the com­pany’s newly es­tab­lished High Per­for­mance Ve­hi­cle & Mo­tor­sport Di­vi­sion; and Klaus Koster, ex-AMG, to be di­rec­tor of High Per­for­mance Ve­hi­cle De­vel­op­ment at Hyundai Mo­tor Europe Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre.

Biermann recog­nises the im­por­tant role played by mo­tor­sport in sup­port­ing a sporty im­age for a car com­pany. This has led to Hyundai par­tic­i­pat­ing in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship with their i20 and the World Tour­ing Car Cup with their i30 N TCR, both race­cars do­ing very well this year.

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