This race-prepped Hyundai Ioniq set the FIA-approved production-based hybrid ...
This race-prepped Hyundai Ioniq set the FIA-approved production-based hybrid vehicle land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats, with speeds peaking at over 160 mph.
The record number however was 157.825 mph, and was achieved thanks to the vehicle’s single-stage nitrous injection system and special aerodynamics upgrades.
We couldn’t be more proud in setting FIA hybrid-category record with our new Ioniq hybrid, and said Hyundai Motor America exec Mike O’Brien. And our engineering team really pushed the limits to set the new segment benchmark while demonstrating the impressive durability of the entire Ioniq car platform. We expect this will be a first of many accolades for Ioniq.
Further powertrain modifications included the low-restriction intake and the exhaust system with retained catalyst, the re-calibrated engine, transmission and the hybrid ECU, and having the air conditioning and ancillary accessories removed and of course a previously mentioned cockpit-controlled Nitrous Express single-stage direct-port a nitrous injection with the stand-alone fuel system.
In terms of aero, Hyundai engineers worked on a front grille, underbody and even removed some interior components in order to make the vehicle lighter. The suspension was also optimized, lightweight aero wheels and wheel covers were added.
As for safety, the car featured the fully-integrated high-strength safety cage structure, the Sparco 6-point safety harness system, the racing seat, on-board fire suppression, battery disconnects and the parachute.
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