2017 Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq Breaks Land Speed Record

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq

The Hyundai Ioniq, the first eco vehicle to be available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric modes, broke the land speed record for a production-based hybrid last November at 157.825 miles per hour. The record-breaking run, which took place at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, was followed by a display of the Ioniq at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Hyundai outfitted the record-breaking Ioniq Hybrid with different intake and exhaust piping, as well as a nitrous injection system and removed the air conditioner to allow as much power as possible to increase its speed. That mark of 157 mph is actually an average of two runs, the highest of which reached 160.7 mph.

A horsepower figure wasn’t given, but the modifications to the Ioniq probably increased its standard horsepower of 139. The Ioniq Hybrid did keep its standard 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, though, which is mounted to a 6-speed dual clutch transmission plus an electric motor between them.

Inside, everything was removed from the Ioniq hybrid and replaced with a roll cage, racing seat, 6-point harness, and a fire-suppression system for both lighter weight, which let the car go faster, and safety at such high speeds.

The hybrid and all-electric models of the Ioniq are set to launch sometime this winter, with the PHEV version being released in the summer.