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June 3, 2024

Hyundai Targets Pikes Peak Record With All-Electric 687-Horsepower Ioniq 5 N

Hyundai wants to prove that its Ioniq 5 N is the king of the hill as it takes on the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this June 23. The carmaker is targeting the Electric Production SUV/Crossover and Electric Modified SUV/Crossover records with the Ioniq 5 N and Ioniq 5 N TA.

Based on the production Ioniq 5 N, the Ioniq 5 N TA (Time Attack) carries over the production model’s high-performance power electric (PE) system, but tuned to develop 687 horsepower through software tuning. The 37-horsepower bump is concentrated on the rear axle.

In addition, Hyundai N has chosen to utilize N Active Sound+ with modified speakers (over 120 dB) to both enhance feedback for the driver and replace sirens typical of electric Pikes Peak race cars.

To adapt the car for Pikes Peak, new shock absorbers (three-way adjustable dampers with ride height and camber adjustment), motorsport-spec brakes (six pistons at the front, four pistons at the back), 18-inch forged alloy wheels with Yokohama Advan 005 slick tires, and a unique high-downforce aerodynamic package have been specially applied.

Additional safety enhancements include a Recaro Pro Racer SPA Hans seat, Sabelt six-point HANS safety harness, a specification roll cage, and an EV fire suppression system.

At the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, two Ioniq 5 N and two Ioniq 5 N TA Spec entrants will make the grueling ascent along a twisting 12.42-mile (20-kilometer) course that climbs over 4,700 feet (1,438 meters) to the summit of Pikes Peak. They will face 156 turns, rapidly changing weather and high-altitude conditions that can affect both drivers and vehicles.

The Ioniq 5 N TA Spec models—wrapped in a special ‘N’ design livery—will be driven by Robin Shute, a four-time overall winner at Pikes Peak and current ‘King of the Mountain’ title holder, and Dani Sordo, a Spanish World Rally Championship driver for Hyundai Motorsport.

The production Ioniq 5 N, meanwhile, will be driven by Paul Dallenbach, 11-time PPIHC winner and three-time ‘King of the Mountain,’ and Ron Zaras, a PPIHC rookie and automotive media personality.

Hyundai Motor first competed in the PPIHC in 1992. Rod Millen won the 2-Wheel Drive Showroom Stock division with a time of 13:21.17, driving a Hyundai Scoupe equipped with the company’s then-new turbocharged dual overhead camshaft Alpha engine. Another highlight of Hyundai’s history at Pikes Peak came in 2012 when the brand set a course record of 9:46.164 with a Hyundai Genesis Coupe driven by Rhys Millen.

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