Regarded as the first car in history that can be ordered hybrid, full electric or as a plug-in hybrid, Hyundai Ioniq wanted to proof everyone is more than just an efficient car. So it decided to break a speed record.
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 renowned Bonneville Salt Flats.
The development team made a number of special modifications to the Ioniq hybrid prototype to break the hybrid record, including:
Powertrain (low-restriction intake and exhaust systems with retained catalyst, Engine, transmission, and hybrid ECU recalibrated and governors remove, air conditioning and ancillary accessories removed, nitrous Express single-stage direct-port nitrous injection with stand-alone fuel system, cockpit-controlled), Aerodynamics (Ioniq Electric model front grille and valance integration, underbody and air dam aerodynamic modifications, interior components removed or lightened) and Suspension (Progress Competition coil-over suspension with optimized spring, damping and sway bar rates and ride height lowered 100mm, ightweight aero wheels and wheel covers with Goodyear Eagle tires)