Hyundai has at last released official details and footage of the upcoming 2018 Hyundai i30 N‘s competition debut at the iconic Mount Panorama race track in Bathurst, New South Wales.
As part of the new hot hatch’s engineering development for Australia, the i30 N participated in the Nulon Hill Climb and Super Sprint events last month, with Hyundai WRC test driver, Brendan Reeves, behind the wheel.
While the i30 N’s results from this event haven’t been released by the Korean manufacturer, Hyundai says it used this opportunity to work on integrating MoTeC data acquisition and display systems, which the company’s WRC and Nurburgring 24-hour teams use to monitor lap times, performance information, data logging, custom graphical image layouts and video overlay data.
The prototype that competed in the Bathurst events is one of several i30 N prototypes currently in Australia to undergo hot weather endurance testing, along with quality and performance evaluation.
“We do a lot of testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, but there are also other very challenging race tracks out there, and one of the most challenging is Bathurst here in Australia,” said Albert Biermann, Hyundai’s vice president and head of the N performance division.
“It’s a very good experience to drive here at Mount Panorama and include the data we gather into our tuning that we will continue in Europe. I think the right driver on this track would have a lot of fun with the i30 N.”
When it arrives in Australia before the end of the year, Hyundai’s first hot hatch will be powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, in two states of tune – an ‘entry-level’ 184kW/375Nm version, and a flagship 202kW ‘Performance’ variant.
When the i30 launches, drive will be sent to the front wheels exclusively through a six-speed manual transmission, but an eight-speed dual-clutch self-shifter is expected to debut around 2019.
Stay tuned for our coverage of the Hyundai i30 N’s official reveal at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
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