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Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Takes on Pikes Peak

14 Apr 2024
  • What key safety modifications and performance enhancements are Hyundai implementing in the Ioniq 5 N for its ambitious Pikes Peak challenge?

In a bold move that highlights the evolving landscape of electric vehicle (EV) performance, Hyundai has announced its entry into this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the highly anticipated Ioniq 5 N. This venture marks a significant milestone in showcasing the potential of electric power in motorsport, as Hyundai aims to push the boundaries of what is achievable with their cutting-edge EV technology.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, now in its 102nd year, is renowned for its challenging course that spans 12.42 miles and includes a staggering 156 turns, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Colorado Rockies. This event has become a proving ground for automotive excellence, attracting top-tier manufacturers and talented drivers from around the globe.

Electrifying Innovation at Pikes Peak

Electrifying Innovation at Pikes Peak

Hyundai's approach with the Ioniq 5 N is a blend of innovation and purposeful modification. Unlike conventional racing setups, the Ioniq 5 Ns destined for Pikes Peak will shed their rear seats to accommodate a critical safety feature: a robust roll cage. This alteration underscores Hyundai's commitment to driver safety in extreme conditions, a necessary precaution given the demanding nature of the hill climb.

Further enhancements include the installation of specialized racing equipment within the cabin. The driver will be secured in a Recaro Pro Racer SPA Hans seat, complete with a six-point Sabelt racing harness designed to provide optimal support and protection. A comprehensive fire suppression system adds an additional layer of safety, highlighting the meticulous preparation that goes into competing at such a high-stakes event.

Under the hood, the Ioniq 5 N retains its impressive dual-motor setup, capable of generating up to 641 horsepower during peak performance. This formidable power translates to a blistering 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of just 3.25 seconds, firmly establishing the Ioniq 5 N as a force to be reckoned with on the ascent to Pikes Peak.

Hyundai has enlisted a talented roster of drivers for this ambitious endeavor. Eleven-time Pikes Peak winner Paul Dallenbach will lead the charge in one of the "stock" Ioniq 5 Ns, while rookie Ron Zaras, a former Hoonigan executive, will make his debut on the iconic course. The team will also include seasoned professionals like WRC driver Dani Sordo and Pikes Peak legend Robin Shute, further amplifying the caliber of Hyundai's assault on the hill climb.

While the current outright record at Pikes Peak stands at an impressive 7 minutes and 57.148 seconds, achieved by Romain Dumas in a purpose-built electric race car, Hyundai's primary focus remains on showcasing the Ioniq 5 N's capabilities and setting a new benchmark within the electric production SUV/crossover category.

As Hyundai prepares to make history at Pikes Peak, enthusiasts and industry observers alike eagerly anticipate the performance of these electrifying contenders. With innovation, determination, and a steadfast commitment to excellence, Hyundai is poised to redefine the boundaries of electric vehicle performance on one of motorsport's most challenging stages. The 102nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb promises to be an electrifying chapter in automotive history.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

Six Porsche 911 GT3 R battle for overall victory on the Nordschleife

29 May 2024
Six Porsche 911 GT3 R battle for overall victory on the Nordschleife

Porsche’s customer teams and the 911 GT3 R have already given a demonstration of their force in the so-called 'Qualifiers' in mid-April. Falken Motorsports celebrated two victories, while Manthey EMA finished both races on the podium. Moreover, Dinamic GT, Lionspeed GP and Herberth Motorsport will each field one ca. 415 kW (565 PS) GT3 racer from Weissach.

“We began preparing for 2024 straight after last year’s 24-hour race,” said Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“We worked hard alongside the manufacturers to understand last year’s tyre damage. After in-depth analyses, we applied the appropriate measures. The start of the 2024 season showed that we did a good job together. Our teams and drivers are happy with the vehicle balance. Now we need to sort out the race procedures and focus on getting through the race without making any mistakes. Lap time performance alone is not the main priority. Teamwork, managing overtaking in a big field of 130 cars, the right tyre choice for different conditions and ensuring that the driver feels good in the car will be the keys to success.”

The commitment of Porsche customer teams goes far beyond participation in the top SP9 class for GT3 vehicles. Thirty-nine other racing cars from the German manufacturer are registered in ten different classes. This means that Porsche has by far the largest contingent of entries in the race. The most popular model is the 911 GT3 Cup, 14 of which will compete in the dedicated Cup2 category.

“Porsche is again clearly the most well-represented brand at the Nürburgring 24-hour race this year. This shows that we continue to enjoy high trust among our partners and customers and that our products are well established on the market,” said Michael Dreiser, Director Sales Porsche Motorsport.

“I’m confident that the six Porsche 911 GT3 R will perform strongly against the tough competition in the top SP9 class. The customer teams are extremely professional with first-class drivers crewing all the cars. Our customers will undoubtedly deliver some gripping racing in other categories too, like in the fiercely competitive Cup2 class with the 911 GT3 Cup and the Cup3 class with the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport.”

Jameel Motorsport and Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation launch GR Saudi Driving School Future Co-Driver Program

05 May 2024
Jameel Motorsport and Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation launch GR Saudi Driving School Future Co-Driver Program

As part of its commitment to nurturing sporting talent in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jameel Motorsport in collaboration with the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation, launched the GR Saudi Driving School Future Co-Driver Program. This initiative is set to discover the next generation of professional co-drivers who will partake in cross-country rallies, bolstering Saudi Arabia's presence on the regional and international motorsports stages.

FORMULA E AND FIA UNVEIL GEN3 EVO RACE CAR CAPABLE OF 0-60MPH IN JUST 1.82s

30 Apr 2024
FORMULA E AND FIA UNVEIL GEN3 EVO RACE CAR CAPABLE OF 0-60MPH IN JUST 1.82s

Formula E and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) have today revealed the next generation of race car, the new all-electric GEN3 Evo, capable of 0-60mph in 1.82s.

Leveraging a roster of innovative technical upgrades, the GEN3 Evo unveiled at H.S.H Prince Albert II’s Private Car Collection will debut in Season 11 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship where some of the world’s greatest manufacturers and drivers race wheel-to-wheel in iconic locations around the globe.

Developed by specialists from Formula E and the FIA, the latest GEN3 Evo edition marks a significant leap in electric racing technology, with acceleration 0-60mph 30% faster than a current F1 car, and 36% faster than the GEN3 car.

Capable of accelerating nearly a full second faster than its predecessor – the GEN3 – that was the world’s first race car designed for street racing, it sets an even higher standard in performance, sustainability, and efficiency. The GEN3 Evo serves as a formidable ambassador for the future of motorsport, embodying cutting-edge advancements and a commitment to environmental responsibility.