Anyone who's anyone among automakers tests at the Nürburgring, and the latest to join them is Hyundai. After fifteen months of construction and a €6.6-million investment – just shy of $9M USD – the Korean automaker has finally completed its new trackside testing center that was initially announced back in January.

Hyundai's new European Test Centre encompasses nearly 40,000 square feet of floor space on four levels in a glass and steel building that houses workshops, offices and hospitality areas. Acting as an extension of the company's European R&D center in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the new Nürburgring test center will allow Hyundai to conduct more regular and rigorous testing around the 73 corners and 13 miles of tarmac that make up the famous racetrack – definitely a good thing for a powerhouse brand that still sometimes fumbles when it comes to the dark arts of suspension and steering tuning.
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HYUNDAI MOTOR READY TO RAMP UP TESTING AT NÜRBURGRING

- New European Test Centre officially opened at iconic Nürburgring location
- Hyundai Motor invests more than €6,6 million in its new facility
- Purpose-built site to conduct more accelerated durability tests

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 €6,62 million purpose-built vehicle testing facility, boosting the brand's R&D operations in Europe.

The company's new test centre provides it with a full-time presence at the iconic Nürburgring circuit, allowing it to further evaluate and develop the durability and driving dynamics of its vehicles more effectively and more often.

Construction of the striking 3,622m2 Hyundai European Test Centre began in June 2012 and was completed in less than 15 months. The unique glass and steel building houses workshops, office spaces and hospitality areas over four floors. The Nürburgring facility is an extension of Hyundai's European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, where the brand's European design and engineering teams have been based since 2003.

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 over 100,000 miles of rigorous 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 Nürburgring 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 Rüsselsheim, 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 Nürburgring' will also help to further build the brand's reputation across Europe."

The Nürburgring is widely recognised as one of the most challenging tracks in the world, with 73 corners – 33 left and 40 right –spread across 12.8 miles of tarmac. With a difference in height of almost 300 metres between the lowest and the highest points, it features uphill and downhill gradients of 11 and 17 per cent respectively.


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      ssdajoker
      • 1 Year Ago
      James May will be pissed!
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Hyundai" and "Nurburgring" shouldn't be in the same sentence considering their steering is devoid of any feel, let alone cars that handle and ride like econoboxes or a class below their competition.
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          fran
          • 1 Year Ago
          Oh and I rented both sonata and the Camry once and sonata's steering feel was far more numb than that of Camry. Not saying I love Toyota but credit where it's due man!
          fran
          • 1 Year Ago
          Haha. Have you driven any new lexus recently to bash on it? Drive the new GS or IS side by side with a 3er or c-class (let alone any Hyundai. Lol) Hater!
          fran
          • 1 Year Ago
          And yes, instead of blindingly relying upon your crappy car reviews why don't you go and drive yourself to make a judgment.. Oh wait! I just realized that you haven't even hit your puberty age so technically you won't even have a DL which makes your comment AND yourself sound more stupid than ever.. Jackass!
          fran
          • 1 Year Ago
          Truly your comment proves that you are a hardcore Hyundai/Kia fan who thinks they are better than, say, a Bugatti veyron. With that in mind, you sir, are a fully tetarded moron who stays strapped in the back of his mom's Hyundai to a babychair, I find hard to argue any point at all. P.S. Calling me a boy doesn't make you a man at all you idiot!
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      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Nurburgring doesn't cure premature rusting issues, Hyundai.
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          whatamooseiam
          • 1 Year Ago
          From Edmund's comparing 2013 Mustang V6 to Genesis V6... "Settle in, find a rhythm and it won't take long to discover that the Genesis is both the quicker and more dedicated tool for dissecting any road. Largely, this is down to its more sophisticated suspension, stronger power plant and lower stance. The speed difference, however, isn't as substantial as the chasm that emerges in our confidence during aggressive driving. Drive both cars over the same road at the same pace and you'll come away from the Genesis far less aware of your own mortality. Its better damping and body control are a blessing. And if the going gets even remotely rough, the Mustang's axle begins to show itself for what it is: heavy and old. Set the Mustang's adjustable steering weight to Sport and steering effort is similar in both cars. We don't love the steering feel in either car, but response in the Genesis is quicker and more intuitive. There's less urgency just off-center and a better sense of control when probing the limits of its chassis. Work the upper reaches of the tachometer and there's no ignoring the Korean coupe's 43-hp advantage. Despite its peak torque arriving a few hundred rpm higher in the rev range, the Genesis leaves slow corners with more punch. More importantly, it encourages hard driving rather than merely tolerating it. If you're buying one of these cars for back roads, pick the Genesis."
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      frostillicus80
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have nothing against Hyundai as an automaker in itself, but I find this laughable, for obvious reasons. All those Velostar Turbos and Elantra GTs are just going to get in the way of cars that actually have business there...
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @frostillicus80
        You've obviously never been there..... You can find 70hp Lupos lapping with GT3s.
      Nick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would anyone want a daily driver that was tuned on the ring? It'll be **** in the city.
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      RedEmblem
      • 1 Year Ago
      James May will not be amused
      juststudent
      • 1 Year Ago
      if many automakers investing around the Ring, how come Nurburgring went bankrupt?
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      BKdroid
      • 1 Year Ago
      Glad to see it. Hopefully this will bring some real rewards. I've been a fan of Hyundai's sporty-ish cars since my 3rd gen Tiburon, and on to my first-year Gen Coupe because of their value:fun ratio. But to be honest, they were both less than the sum of their parts. The real-world, and even stat-sheet, performance were underwhelming compared to rivals. Gearing, suspension geometry, gearing, power delivery, and gearing have constantly been a gripe of mine. I hope they put real effort into tuning going forward.
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BKdroid
        My Holset HX35 powered 2011 2.0T RSPEC seems to do just fine (including the trans, no grinding) :)
      fx16gts
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank God because Hyundai's steering and suspension setup really sucks.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Hyundai should build a performance car along the lines of a Genesis coupe with 450+ hp. Either V8 or V6T. Manual trans RWD option.
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