Record Run: Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid = FIA Speed Record

 

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Hyundai isn’t pulling any punches with its Ioniq line of upcoming hybrids. Make no mistake, Hyundai is gunning for the Prius, and they’ve upped the ante on Toyota’s “sporty” hybrid by establishing some legit performance cred. Last week, a pre-production Hyundai Ioniq set a new 2-way speed record for a production-based hybrid at 157.825 MPH- plus a record peak exit speed of 160.7 MPH. (!)

“We couldn’t be more proud in setting the FIA hybrid-category record with our new Ioniq hybrid,” says Hyundai VP of Corporate and Product Planning Mike O’Brien. “Our engineering team really pushed the limits to set this new segment benchmark while demonstrating the impressive durability of the entire Ioniq vehicle platform. We expect this will be the first of many accolades for Ioniq.”

To get their eco-conscious Ioniq hybrid to perform, Hyundai added high-flow intake and exhaust systems, removed the air conditioning system, re-tuned the ECU, and added a full nitrous injection system from Nitrous Express. Hyundai also swapped the standard hybrid model grill for the smoother fascia of the all-electric Ioniq, tweaked the underbody for reduced drag, and stripped interior components to cut weight. Finally, the car was lowered for better stability at speed and the mirrors were removed for reduced frontal area.

Whether or not press like this will help the Hyundai Ioniq in the marketplace remains to be seen, but real-world performance records are far more likely to convince me, at least, than ridiculous commercials about police cars barely being able to keep up with a Prius, you know?

You know.

You can check out a few more pictures of the record-breaking Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, below, then let us know what you think of Hyundai’s publicity stunt in the comments section at the bottom of the page. And, before you go there, yes- we are aware that there are faster hybrids out there. They haven’t shown up at Bonneville, though.

 

Hyundai Ioniq Equals FIA Land Speed Record


Source | Images: Hyundai, via Autoblog.





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  • Allen

    “Hyundai added high-flow intake and exhaust systems, removed the air conditioning system, re-tuned the ECU, and added a full nitrous injection system from Nitrous Express. Hyundai also swapped the standard hybrid model grill for the smoother fascia of the all-electric Ioniq, tweaked the underbody for reduced drag, and stripped interior components to cut weight. Finally, the car was lowered for better stability at speed and the mirrors were removed for reduced frontal area.”

    Yeah, Hyundai only uses a production car, with just a few modifications. Yeah, it beats the Prius. Yeah I know.

    • That’s less than most “production car” record runs change. You should compare the GMC Syclone record truck to the true production version, or the 1990 Corvette ZR1 record car.

  • Allen

    Being a hybrid car designed for fuel economy, Prius has another idea of a “record”.
    Here is the extraction from an article, about Prius’ record at Nurburgring some years ago.

    Toyota has now set an electrifying Nurburgring record in its own hybird, the Prius Plug-in. But Toyota didn’t take the Prius to the ‘Ring to see how fast it could lap the infamous 20.81km circuit, rather to set a fuel economy record.
    The Prius took a leisurely 20 minutes and 59 seconds to complete a full lap of the circuit but used just 0.4L/100km – significantly less than Toyota’s claimed combined figure of 1.76L/100km for the plug-in version.

    Yes I know.

    • bioburner

      That’s a record? Really? my 2016 Volt can drive that 12 mile “Ring” at least 5 times at 35 mph and not burn 1 drop of gas.

      • Allen

        Proof needed.

  • Allen

    Hi Jo, I’ve seen a youtube video clip showing a Prius c (yes, the smaller/slower one) reached >210km/h on an Autobahn. No modification needed. And this Ioniq, around 256 km/h with modification. A record!

    • Link or it didn’t happen.

      • Allen

        Hey, I sent in the link, why you cut it?
        You asked me the link, I gave you and you didn’t let it be there for people to read.
        Ridiculous.
        Have a nice weekend.

        • I don’t cut links- they drop into “admin land” for approval. I go find it now. 🙂

  • Harold Baumbach

    I own a 2014 Prius 3 and a 2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited Hybrid. I also had a 2011 Prius 2 before trading it in on the 2014 Prius 3.

    Here is how I would compare the cars:

    The Pruis gets about 5 to 6 more miles per gallon. The Priuses have been very reliable cars (over 118,000 miles with only one repair). Our Hyundai only has 6,000 miles on it so reliability is not known yet even though the rating is 4.5 on reliability.

    The ride is much smoother, quieter and more comfortable with the Hundai. The Hyundai cost the same as the Prius 3, $29,000, but has a lot of extra features. The Hyundai is more attractive and more solidly built.

    I am more sold on the Hyundai and would much rather drive it than the Prius 3 even though I only get 41 mpg on the Hyundai than the 46 mpg I get with the Prius.

    We bragged about how great the Prius is for 3 years before we bought the Hyundai. Now we brag about how much we love our Hyundai Hybrid.

    • bioburner

      I understand where you are coming from. I bought a new Sonata in 2010. 3 months later my wife bought the same…different color and options. We were very impressed with the cost of the car, smooth ride, solid build and durability. I was sold on the warranty.

      • Harold Baumbach

        I would like to get rid of the Prius and get another Sonata. You get a lot of features and the ride is great.

        • bioburner

          My brother looked at the Prius and bought the Sonata hybrid instead. I traded my Sonata on a Leaf. got ride of that and bought a 2016 Volt. I miss my sonata buy really like the Volt.