Why we're running it: To determine whether Hyundai’s first stab at a hot hatch can stand up to its more established foes in everyday life
Life with a Hyundai i30 N: Month 5
As if three flying laps of Silverstone’s full F1 circuit aren’t enough, look who’s driving - 8th August 2018
It’s not every day you find yourself on Silverstone’s full Formula 1 circuit. It gets even more unusual when Albert Biermann, Hyundai’s R&D boss and former BMW M development chief, is sitting in the driver’s seat.
We’re in my i30 N long-term test car, helmets on and disclaimers signing our lives away completed, and are lucky to get the circuit to ourselves for half an hour during a break in the track sessions.
This is a car built to handle well on track, Biermann tells me, and adds that this is his favourite car of the scores he’s developed recently. But it’s not meant for highly skilled drivers. He says: “You can have so much confidence in this car. You can find cars which don’t feel so comfortable and we made a real effort to make the driver comfortable. It’s not about the fastest lap times, but it’s about how confident you feel going into a highspeed left-hander. It was important to me that the car feels planted at the rear. For professional drivers, it’s probably a bit boring, but we haven’t built this car for them.”