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April 11, 2024

Hyundai Is Chasing The Electric Production SUV Record At The Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Hyundai is aiming for the Electric Production SUV/Crossover record at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb happening on June 23. Two Ioniq 5 N cars will do the famous climb as part of a four-car effort.

“We are returning to the mountain stronger than we have left it, with a class leading electric SUV in the form of Ioniq 5 N,” said Till Wartenberg, head of N Brand and Motorsport. “Hyundai has a history of proving new technologies and products at Pikes Peak going all the way back to 1992 and the Ioniq 5 N brings that concept to high performance electric cars. The production spec Ioniq 5 N will demonstrate what customers can expect from their vehicles.”

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is an annual automobile hillclimb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA. The track measures 19.99 kilometers and has over 156 turns, climbing 1,440 meters from the start at Mile 7 on Pikes Peak Highway, to the finish at 4,302 meters, on grades averaging 7.2 percent.

The drivers of the Ioniq 5 N vehicles in the Electric Production SUV/Crossover class are Paul Dallenbach and Ron Zaras. Dallenbach is an eleven-time PPIHC winner and set an overall record in 1993. Zaras is a PPIHC rookie and the newest team member. Zaras, a media personality and former Hoonigan executive, was recently chosen to showcase the story of a motorsport enthusiast preparing for this massive challenge of competing at Pikes Peak.

Hyundai chose to pursue the PPHIC Electric Production SUV/Crossover class record with a Ioniq 5 N because it embodies the racetrack capability of every N performance vehicle. This high-performance EV has been tested in extreme temperatures and locations, and developed and tuned specifically at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for enhanced racetrack capability. It is supported by technologies such as structural enhancements, World Rally Championship-inspired integrated drive axles, increased thermal management, N-tuned brakes, and an industry leading brake regenerative force of 0.6G.

Only minor updates will be made to comply with the rules from a safety perspective. The driver’s seat was replaced with a Recaro Pro Racer SPA Hans seat. The seat belts are Sabelt six-point HANS compatible. The rear seats were removed, and a roll cage and fire suppression system were installed. In every other way, the Ioniq 5 N being prepared for Pikes Peak is a standard model that customers can purchase from a showroom.

The Ioniq 5 N was recently launched in the Philippines for P 4,250,000. More on the Ioniq 5 N:

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