The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N will take on Pikes Peak and attempt to surpass Lamborghini’s record.

Hyundai Aims to Break Records at Pikes Peak with Electric Cars

Pikes Peak is more than just a race—it’s a calling and a conviction. And Hyundai is determined to make a mark at this year’s event by bringing a team of four electric cars, the Ioniq5N performance crossovers, to the race. Their target? Breaking the Lamborghini Urus Performante race record for SUVs—a record they believe they have a good chance of beating.

Hyundai announced this ambitious goal on Wednesday, unveiling their star-studded lineup for the upcoming Race to the Clouds. The Korean brand has enlisted the expertise of seasoned drivers like eleven-time overall Pikes Peak winner Paul Dallenbach, four-time winner Robin Shute, three-time WRC rally winner Dani Sordo, and former Ken Block affiliate Ron Zaras. Dallenbach and Zaras will lead the charge in stock examples in the production SUV class, while Shute and Sordo will compete with modified versions. Details about the upgraded cars and their liveries will be revealed at a later date.

The stock Ioniq 5 N will be aiming to break the track record set by Pirelli test driver Simone Faggioli, who set a time of 10:32.064 with the Urus Performante in October 2022. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N boasts 601 horsepower (641 in launch mode) and weighs 4,916 pounds, according to What Car?. In comparison, the Lamborghini Urus Performante is slightly heavier at 4,986 pounds but packs more power with 657 hp, as reported by Car and Driver. The Urus also has a superior power-to-weight ratio and faster acceleration, thanks in part to its four-wheel steering.

While the Lamborghini has its advantages, Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 N is lighter with better weight distribution and a lower center of gravity. Being electric, it is not affected by high altitudes that can sap power from traditional engines. The instant power delivery of the electric vehicle levels the playing field against the Urus Performante’s less responsive twin-turbo V8 engine.

Hyundai has carefully considered all factors and is confident in its ability to achieve its goal at Pikes Peak. Whether it’s the stock cars or the modified ones, Hyundai is prepared to tackle the challenge head-on, weather permitting. As the team gears up for the race, the unpredictable conditions of Pikes Peak serve as a reminder that anything can happen on race day.

In conclusion, Hyundai’s ambitious pursuit of breaking records at Pikes Peak signifies the brand’s commitment to innovation and performance in the electric vehicle space. With a talented team of drivers and a lineup of competitive cars, Hyundai is poised to make a significant impact at this year’s event. Fans and enthusiasts alike will be eagerly watching as the race unfolds, eager to see if Hyundai can make history at the iconic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

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