Hyundai has officially opened its European Test Center at the Nurburgring in Germany, allowing the Korean carmaker to evaluate and develop the durability and driving dynamics of its vehicles "more effectively and more often."
Built as an extension of Hyundai's European R&D center in Russelsheim, Germany, the 3,662sqm property houses workshops, office spaces and hospitality areas on its four floors.
According to Hyundai, its accelerated durability tests will be conducted at the European Test Center, with each car lapping the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit 480 times "in both dry and wet conditions, simulating over 100,000 miles (160,000km) of rigorous driving in less than six weeks."
"The Nurburgring is a unique challenge for any vehicle, so it is the perfect location for our new facility," said Hyundai Motor Europe senior vice president and chief operations officer Allan Rushforth. "The new European Test Center is a natural extension of our Technical Center in Russelsheim, and enables Hyundai to more quickly and more accurately test the reliability and drivability of our vehicles. The emotional appeal of being tested at Nurburgring will also help to further build the brand's reputation across Europe."