Hyundai Motor N line up: Born in Namyang, honed at Nürburgring

- The Hyundai i30 N is Hyundai Motor’s first high-performance model under the N line-up.

The ‘N’ stands for Namyang, Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Centre in Korea, where the idea was born, and for the Nürburgring, home to Hyundai Motor’s European Test Centre, where the N line-up was further developed and tested. The close connection between Namyang and Nürburgring created the foundation for N, the goal being to deliver driving enjoyment. Symbolising a chicane, the ‘N’ logo embodies this. i30 N is an agile vehicle that is fun to drive, representing the ultimate driving experience on winding roads.

Inspired by Motorsport - the proven track record of Hyundai

Born at the start of 2013 and based in Alzenau, Germany, Hyundai Motorsport was set up to develop a long-term motor sport programme to demonstrate the emotion and engineering Hyundai puts into its cars. For the last four years Hyundai Motorsport has participated successfully in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), regarded as one of the most challenging and diverse motor sport disciplines. Away from the rally environment, Hyundai Motorsport has also begun testing the i30 TCR.    


  • Launch of i20 WRC.  


  • Re-entry to the World Rally Championship 
  • With i20 WRC Hyundai Motorsport takes four podiums and finishes WRC in fourth position in the manufacturer standings


  • Launch of the Hyundai high performance N line up at Frankfurt Motor Show with the concept cars N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo and RM15
  • Hyundai takes four podiums and finishes WRC in third position


  • Launch of high-performance racing concepts RM16 at Busan Motor Show 
  • Launch of high-performance racing concepts RM30 at Paris Motor Show
  • Hyundai takes seven podiums and finishes WRC in second position.


  • The dawn of a new era in the sport with the introduction of new technical regulations resulting in more distinctive, powerful and dramatic-looking WRC cars
  • Launch of Hyundai’s first mass-produced high-performance car i30 N
  • Hyundai takes six podiums in half of the season and currently ranks second in WRC drivers and team rankings. (Is there any updated information available for this part in terms of WRC?)

Hyundai’s high-performance concepts have been created using the learnings from the development of its WRC cars. During the season, the cars compete on a mix of gravel, tarmac, snow and ice, from which Hyundai Motor engineers are able to identify refinement and performance enhancements for the N line-up. The i30 N is the first of the breed developed in this way.

Nürburgring Testing Center

The Nürburgring Nordschleife is used to hone N’s high-performance technologies. It is known as one of the world’s most challenging race tracks. With 73 corners and 20.8 kilometres of tarmac, it also boasts an extensive motorsports complex and is home to Hyundai Motor’s own 3,600 square metre testing centre, where the company conducts high-intensity, accelerated durability trials. Each car laps the Nürburgring between 420 and 480 times in both dry and wet conditions, simulating up to 180,000 km of driving – the equivalent of a normal vehicle’s lifecycle – in just four weeks.

Namyang R&D Center: Birthplace of the i30 N

Opened in 1995 in Hwaseong, South Korea, the Namyang R&D Centre is the core of Hyundai Motor’s global R&D network, and the birthplace of the new i30 N. The centre is located on over 3.3 million square metres of land and employs 13,000 researchers. It consists of centres for design and engineering, powertrain, performance and test driving, and environmental R&D. It comprises 34 testing roads, including Belgian Pavé, a handling circuit and a 4.5 km high-speed test track. In total, there are over 70 km of testing roads at the site. The centre is also home to an aero-acoustic wind tunnel, which has helped to hone the i30 N’s outstanding road holding and aerodynamic performance.

Produced in Europe

The i30 N will be produced at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) in Nošovice, Czech Republic. The facility opened in 2008 and started production of the first generation i30 the same year. It has an annual production capacity of 350,000 cars and fulfils the highest quality standards to meet the expectations of European customers. The HMMC facility also features a 3.3 km open test track on the factory grounds, ensuring that every Hyundai is tested for dynamics, noise and functionality, with a full underbody check for fluid leakage and correct assembly.