Hyundai aiming to be king of the salt flats with hydrogen and hybrid models.
The Bonneville Salt Flats have seen many automotive record attempts. Believe it or not, Hyundai already has one record under its belt courtesy of the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid hatchback clocking a certified 157.825 mph by the FIA back in 2016 for the production-based hybrid car class record.
Hyundai engineers have returned to the salt flats with the Sonata Hybrid and Nexo Fuel Cell SUV to claim the gas-electric hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell speed records. By the end of the day, the Sonata Hybrid had set a speed of 164.66 mph in stone, while the Nexo Fuel Cell SUV clocked in at 106.16 mph.
As well as a graphics package, the Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell SUV Concept was fitted with a list of safety equipment, including an FIA-Approved safety cage, a fire suppression system, a Sparco ERGO safety seat and 6-point safety harness, window nets and arm restraint nets. The only modification fitted to the fuel cell vehicle to aid performance was an under-bumper aero valence.
The Sonata Hybrid had the same safety gear added but also got a whole host of upgrades to help it hit 164.66 mph. Starting under the hood, Hyundai fitted a custom 3-inch exhaust system as well as a nitrous oxide delivery system.
The chassis also gained some performance treatment with a KW Suspensions competition level Strut, Shock, and Spring package, and custom high-speed brakes developed by Hyundai. Goodyear Eagle Land Speed Tires were wrapped around Vision Rally 55 Race Wheels. Then, to help those slide through the air and get that Bonneville look, moon-disc covers wheel covers were also added to the mix.
Both records are subject to FIA homologation requirements, so Hyundai is now playing the waiting game to have the records confirmed. Hopefully, the confirmation will be given before Hyundai displays both cars at the upcoming SEMA exhibition in November.