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.

[Video] The 2018 Hyundai i30 N travels to freezing grounds 2

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.


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