The Nurburgring has long been considered the benchmark for testing vehicles on a race track. So what better place to set up a full-time testing facility than at the Nurburgring? That’s what Hyundai thought, so the Korean automaker did just that, dropping $8.3 million into a year-round purpose-built facility at the famous Green Hell with construction set to be completed by August of this year.
Hyundai’s new home at the Nurburgring will stand four stories tall and will feature space for vehicles to be worked on as well as some office space and a VIP hospitality area. You’ll be able to spot the VIP area of Hyundai’s new building thanks to some unique glass and a metallic finish. This new testing facility will serve another spot for Hyundai’s European research and development department. Hyundai already has an R&D department in Rüsselsheim, Germany, which opened its doors back in 2003, and houses the European powertrain, tuning, and evaluation units. Obviously, with the Nurburgring in its backyard, Hyundai will have many more opportunities for these aforementioned units to get out in the field to test. It just so happens that this test track is considered to be the best in the world.
“The Nürburgring is the ultimate location to test vehicle durability, and we’re able to apply what we learn there to all of our vehicle development projects,” said Allan Rushforth, senior vice president and COO of Hyundai Europe in a released statement. “Our new facility will increase our testing capacity, bringing direct benefits to our customers in terms of vehicle quality and performance.”
As it stands now, Hyundai already does accelerated durability tests, which forces vehicles to travel over 111,000 miles in just a few weeks. This new facility will allow Hyundai to perform accelerated durability testing on 11 different vehicles for the remainder of this year. Other tests on steering, suspension, ride feel, and handling are also expected to take place on the Nurburgring, too.
What say you? Will this new testing facility help Hyundai deliver a better product? Sound off in the comment section.