With the recent release of Hyundai’s new high-performance Veloster —the Veloster N — the company is aiming to stoke fan excitement by entering it, as well as the IONIQ electric race car, into OPTIMA’s famed Ultimate Street Car Challenge.
For those of you unfamiliar with the competition – basically, the search is conducted at race tracks across the country, throughout the course of the entire year. It’s only open to cars that are street legal, but obviously also must be modified in order to perform very well around the track in the upper classes. Each event consists of five segments; design and engineering, road rally, speed-stop, autocross, and a road course. The two events left for this year are; September 15th and 16th at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and October 6th and 7th at Road America in Plymouth, Wisconsin.
Only selected vehicles from these events will move forward, progressing to the final OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational that takes place in Vegas during the SEMA Show.
The 275-horsepower Veloster N and the 201-horsepower IONIQ were upgraded for the competition, and will participate in the second to last event of the season at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway.
“The OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car competition is the perfect venue to allow Hyundai to showcase its expanding performance envelope and introduce the N-brand vehicles to performance enthusiasts,” said Joshua Vedder, senior group manager, Customer Connect, Hyundai Motor America. “The vehicles are modified in a way that mirrors a typical enthusiast – grippier tires and suspension, increased power, etc.; and then tested in this severe environment. This is one way we ensure our vehicle will exceed our customers’ expectations.”
On top of the already impressive features such as the electronically-controlled suspension, some notable modifications to the Veloster N include; a Remus exhaust, Wilwood brakes, H&R Lowering springs, BBS Wheels, Bridgestone Tires, Recaro seats, Sparco Harnesses, APR aero pieces, and much more. The electric IONIQ, on the other hand, is boasting a pretty impressive 5.8-second zero-to-sixty, with a top speed of 115 miles per hour. It got a similar upgraded brake package, firmer springs, tune, Volks Wheels, and a new LSD with 7.05 gear ratio, among a few other things.
The IONIQ will be returning to defend its national championship from last year in the new GTE class, while the Veloster N is entering its first full year of competition in the GTC class. The end goal is to make it to the Invitational, of course, but Hyundai also will be collecting data from the track use, as well as data from the performance upgrades to each of the vehicles.
Nevertheless, we are excited to see how both of the vehicles do later this month (especially the Veloster N), and hope to see one of them in Vegas.