Hyundai Ioniq Sets New Hybrid Land Speed Record

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] "We should raise our sights even higher and the Ioniq land speed record effort was born."

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Nov. 2, 2016

    Bonneville was the place, Ioniq Hybrid was the car.

    The release… A race-prepared Hyundai Ioniq hybrid prototype, developed by Hyundai Motor America’s Engineering and Quality team, set an FIA-approved production-based hybrid vehicle land speed record of 157.825 mph, with a peak exit speed of 160.7 mph at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. The Ioniq is Hyundai’s newest hybrid model, with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains to be available. Ioniq hybrid and electric models go on sale in the U.S. in late 2016.

    Hyundai’s engineering and quality group led the concept development for this grassroots motorsports effort.

    Mircea Gradu, director, Engineering and Quality, Hyundai Motor America:
    To run the Bonneville Salt Flats, special modifications have to be performed not only to set a record but to set it safely.

    2017 Hyundai Ioniq Bonneville Salt Flats Car


    The Salt Flats 2017 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid prototype modifications included the following:

    • Low-restriction intake and exhaust
    • Engine, transmission, and hybrid ECU recalibrated and governors removed
    • A/C and ancillaries removed
    • Nitrous Express single-stage direct-port nitrous injection with stand-alone fuel system, cockpit-controlled
    • Aerodynamics/Lightweighting
    • Ioniq Electric model front grille and valance
    • Underbody and air dam aero modifications
    • Interior components removed or lightened

    Progress Competition coil-over suspension with stiffer springs, heavier damping and sway bar. The ride height was lowered by almost 4”. Lightweight aero wheels and wheel covers with Goodyear Eagle tires



    Fully-integrated high-strength safety cage structure, Sparco 6-point safety harness system, racing seat, and driver safety gear, on-board fire-suppression system, battery disconnects and parachute.

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  2. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    AmazebALLS! I want that exact Ioniq except without the parachute. Don't want to waste the momentum when I get up to 160mph and need to recharge the battery.

    If Hyundai could get Ioniqs into US showrooms as quickly as they can hustle them down the Bonneville Salt Flats, I would truly be impressed.
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  3. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I don't get the point when they throw in nitrous injection. Do all the aero/gearing/safety changes but leave the rest alone. IMO of course. :) otherwise, why not use rocket boosters or other non-production car items?

    Edit: or is Hyundai looking at after-market sales of these modifications?
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  4. NeilBlanchard

    NeilBlanchard Well-Known Member

    Bill - that was exactly the point I was going to make. Nitrous oxide is spiking this record, in my opinion.

    Oh, they deleted the side mirrors, and blocked (part of) the grill, too.
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  5. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Here's an old story that's in more or less the same boat to me. A 2013 Jetta Hybrid on the salt flats does over 185 mph in 2012. Different sanctioning body. SCTA which is more the norm for Salt Flats records. Undisclosed mods so not as good a story as the Hyundai.

    Edit: removed link - see Wayne's reply.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2016
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  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Bill:

    We covered that one and I saw the actual car at the Jetta Hybrid short lead a few weeks after the record too.

    World’s Fastest Hybrid Is A 2013 VW Jetta TSI

    2016 VW Jetta Hybrid - Bonneville Salt Flats World Record


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  7. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Sorry about that, Wayne. I just did a quick non-site-specific search and used the first link. :(
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  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Bill:

    No problem. Brought back some good memories as I loved the VW Jetta Hybrid short lead. I wanted to drive that specific car but they said no can do. :(

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  9. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck Super Moderator

    Uhh, it is late 2016. So does that mean it's on sale?
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  10. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Yes , it's on sale. So is the Bolt and the Elio. And the Cubs won the World Series. Ha !
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  11. Sulfuric

    Sulfuric Well-Known Member

    What hub caps are those? They look similar to the classic moon discs, but idk which brand they are.
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  12. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Sulfuric:

    Std. moon caps but not sure what brand.

  13. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    So this is how Hyundai spends their promotional budget. Tsk , tsk. What gearhead is going to be impressed by this ? And what greenie is going to be excited about 157 MPH ? Nice car , bad promotion.
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  14. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 2010 Prius (CAN Touring) Staff Member

    ^ Was going to say something along these lines, but don't have to: what he said.
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