Hyundai Motor has recently celebrated the opening of its new European Test Centre located at the German Nürburgring.
The automaker invested 6.62 million euro to build the European Test Center, which will boost the automaker’s R&D operations in the European market. The construction of the center started in June 2012 and the project was finalized in less than 15 months. The final result was a 4-floor steel and glass building including office spaces, workshops and hospitality areas.
The new European Test Centre is an extension of the existing European R&D Center located in Russelsheim, Germany, where are based the automaker’s European engineering and design teams since 2003.
During Hyundai’s accelerated durability tests, each car will have to lap the Nurburgring 480 times in both wet and dry conditions and simulate more than 100,000 miles of rigorous driving in less than one and a half months. Each lap is continuously and vigorously monitored, assessing vehicle course, steering input, handling and ride characteristics, as well as suspension movement.
The Nürburgring is considered one of the most challenging test tracks in the world, and it includes 40 right corners, 33 left corners and covers an area of 12.8 miles of tarmac. The difference between the lowest and the highest point is 300 meters and the uphill and downhill gradients are of 11% and 17%.