Hyundai's new centre at Germany's Nurburgring circuit has opened this week, giving the carmaker a more direct point for advanced testing of new models.
Like most brands, Hyundai already tests prototypes at the famous course, but the new centre will allow the Korean carmaker to more rapidly convert driving data into mechanical refinement.
Hyundai has kicked off testing at the new $7 million dollar centre this week, 15 months since construction began.
“The new Hyundai test centre at Nürburgring is an expression of our intention to focus on improving the customer experience of our vehicles, such as ride and handling – an important consideration for European drivers," Hyundai Europe's Allan Rushforth said.
"The new centre represents a significant investment, and one we expect will significantly contribute to enhancing the perception of the Hyundai brand and our key competitive competence in Europe.”
The facility boasts four floors covering 3050 square metres including workshop areas, office space and a hospitality area.
The new facility will be used for both Hyundai and Kia, complementing existing R&D facilities in Rüsselsheim (also in Germany).