Hyundai will have another feather added to its cap with the Ioniq hybrid breaking the land speed record. The hybrid broke the record for a production-based hybrid.
The Ioniq hit nearly 254km/h blast across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. The hybrid from Hyundai hit peak speed at 258.621km/h, but the record requires two runs. The final number was calculated on the average of both the speeds of the run.
The Ioniq is not the showroom vehicle, the automaker fitted the record breaker with recalibrated software, less restrictive intake, and exhaust piping.
Hyundai even deleted air conditioning and added a direct-port nitrous injection system and that is the reason for the record to include the "production-based" qualifier.
And yes, Hyundai is not offering this spec Ioniq for sale at your nearest dealer not the nitrous from the factory.
Hyundai Ioniq will hit the dealerships in hybrid, plug-in, and EV trims which are yet to go on sale. The Ioniq hybrid and the EV is expected to be launched late 2016 and the plug-in will follow soon.
The Hyundai Ioniq gas-electric hybrid will be powered by 103bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine paired to a 42bhp electric motor and a 1.56-kwh battery.
The electric Hyundai Ioniq will be powered by a 28kwh battery and 120bhp electric motor and is expected with a range of 177km.
As for the plug-in Ioniq which relies on the same petrol mill as the hybrid variant; however, the electric motor is powerful comparatively and is powered with 60bhp and the battery is larger with 8.9kwh.
Watch the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid going flat out at the Utah Bonneville Salt Flats.