Hyundai has announced that it will build a new car test centre next to the Nurburgring race track in Germany. The new test centre represents a £4.5-million investment, which the firm claims “reaffirms the brand’s commitment to developing its credentials as a top European carmaker.”
The new Nurburgring test centre will be Hyundai’s second R&D facility in Europe. The firm currently has a centre in Russelsheim, southwest of Frankfurt, which is where the Hyundai i30, ix35 and i40 were all engineered for European roads.
Engineers will work between the Russelsheim and Nurburgring centres, with the aim to “improve the quality and driving performance of Hyundai’s European-designed vehicles.”
By having two engineering centres, Hyundai hopes to establish a strong position for car development, as the Russelsheim centre will continue to be used for road-based testing work, while the testing nature of the Nurburgring track is used for improving driving dynamics and reliability.
Hyundai also plans to use lessons learned from its forthcoming World Rally Championship campaign to feed back into its road cars.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “The new Hyundai test centre at Nürburgring is an expression of our intention to focus on improving the customer experience of our vehicles, such as ride and handling – an important consideration for European drivers.
“The new centre represents a significant investment, and one we expect will significantly contribute to enhancing the perception of the Hyundai brand and our key competitive competence in Europe.”
Hyundai has said that the building’s location has been chosen as it has direct access to the track.