Hyundai sets land speed record for production-based hybrid vehicles

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A team at Hyundai Motor America recently broke a land speed record. The run was conducted in a race-prepared Ioniq hybrid prototype, developed by Hyundai Motor America’s engineering and quality team. The FIA-approved production-based hybrid vehicle land speed record was achieved at 157.825mph, with a peak exit speed of 160.7mph on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats.

The development team made a number of modifications to the Ioniq hybrid prototype – to the vehicle’s aero, suspension and safety packages, as well as the powertrain.

Changes to the powertrain included the addition of low-restriction intake and exhaust systems with retained catalyst; recalibration of the engine, transmission, and hybrid ECU and removal of the governors; removal of the air conditioning and ancillary accessories; installation of express single-stage direct-port nitrous injection with a standalone cockpit-controlled fuel system.

“We couldn’t be more proud in setting the FIA hybrid-category record with our new Ioniq hybrid. Our engineering team really pushed the limits to set this new segment benchmark while demonstrating the impressive durability of the entire Ioniq vehicle platform,” said Mike O’Brien, VP, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America.

November 2, 2016

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards.

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