Hyundai Motor has officially opened its brand new European Test Centre at the Nürburgring in Germany, the company's latest investment in its regional infrastructure. An opening ceremony marked the completion of the R88 million purpose-built vehicle testing facility, boosting the brand's R&D operations in Europe.
The company's new test centre provides a decent iconic Nürburgring circuit with a full-time presence, allowing it to further evaluate and develop the durability and driving dynamics of its vehicles more effectively and more often.
Earlier this year a camouflaged Hyundai Genesis was photographed as it was undergoing dynamic tests on the circuit, also known as the Nordschleife.
Hyundai's accelerated durability tests are conducted from the European Test Centre. Each car taking part in the tests laps the Nürburgring 480 times in both dry and wet conditions, simulating up to 180 000 km of severe driving in less than six weeks.
Throughout each lap, data parameters are continually monitored, assessing steering input and vehicle course, suspension movement, and ride and handling characteristics. The results are given directly to the vehicle development team based at the circuit, enabling Hyundai's engineers to quickly make changes and tailor cars' characteristics to the demands of European drivers.
Allan Rushforth, senior vice president and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: "The Nurburgring is a unique challenge for any vehicle, so it is the perfect location for our new facility. The new European Test Centre is a natural extension of our Technical Centre in Russelsheim, and enables Hyundai Motor to more quickly and more accurately test the reliability and drivability of our vehicles. The emotional appeal of being tested at Nurburgring' will also help to further build the brand's reputation across Europe."
The Nurburgring is widely recognised as one of the most challenging race tracks in the world, with 73 corners — 33 left and 40 right — spread across 20,8 km of tarmac. With a difference in height of almost 300 m between highest and lowest points, it features uphill and downhill gradients of 17% and 11% respectively.