The South Korean automaker is relentlessly teasing us to the expected arrival of its first N performance derivative – the hot hatch i30 N, which has now traveled to cold Sweden to literally chill its hotness.
The video of course depicts a completely camouflaged prototype that is manned by none other than Thierry Neuville, a WRC driver for Hyundai Motorsport. He was tasked to put the car through its paces on a frozen lake in Arjeplog, Sweden and then provide his experienced input towards bettering the i30 N in time for its upcoming introduction. The South Korean automaker is apparently fine-tuning the hot hatch’s limited-slip differential and electronic stability control, with some optimizations for the steering and the suspension also on the agenda.
The engineers also looked closely at the shock absorbers and tires fitted to the test cars during these extreme weather prototyping, as temperatures dropped to a chilly -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit). The company is seemingly taking care of the i30 N in order to make it proud of the “N” logo, which symbolizes a chicane and is also a connection to the Nürburgring in Germany where the company has established its European test center. Most likely we should expect the i30 N to make its first official appearance in front of the live audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.