Sports cars and Hyundai don’t really add up. All that is soon set to change. Last year, the Korean automaker completed its new, 40,000 square feet, €6.6-million track-side testing center at the fabled Nürburgring in Germany, to hone their cars’ dynamic credentials.
Italy’s IED (Instituto Europeo di Design) designed Hyundai PassoCorto sports car, which was showcased at Geneva last year, is powered by a 270-horsepower turbocharged, mid-mounted 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine.
Now, former Vice President Engineering at BMW M Automobiles and BMW Individual, Albert Biermann has been roped in for Hyundai Motor Group’s head of vehicle test and high performance development. Based at Hyundai’s research and development center in Namyang, South Korea, Biermann will lead the development of new high-performance Hyundai and Kia models including Hyundai’s new N sports division (which is said to debut with the sportier i20 N soon), as well as oversee engineering projects relating to ride and handling, safety, reliability, and the reduction of NVH levels. He will take office at Hyundai in April 2015. This indicates the birth of a sportier side from the Korean car-maker, often scoffed at for not making their cars involving to drive.