Hyundai has announced that it will build a test center next to the Nurburgring race track in Germany.
The new R&D facility represents a £4.5-million investment, with the carmaker saying it “reaffirms the brand’s commitment to developing its credentials as a top European carmaker.”
The Nurburgring test center will be Hyundai’s second R&D facility in Europe, as the firm currently has a center in Russelsheim, southwest of Frankfurt. The Hyundai i30, ix35 and i40 were all engineered there for European roads.
Hyundai engineers will work between the two centers, aiming to improve Hyundai’s European-market cars in terms of quality and driving performance. The Russelsheim center will continue to be used for road-based testing work, while the Nurburgring center will be used for improving driving dynamics and reliability.
Hyundai also plans to use lessons learned from its forthcoming WRC campaign to feed back into its production cars. “The new Hyundai test centre at Nürburgring is an expression of our intention to focus on improving the customer experience of our vehicles, such as ride and handling – an important consideration for European drivers,” said Allan Rushforth, senior vice president and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe.
Hyundai’s new test center will be located in a building that has direct access to the track.