The Hyundai Ioniq Sets a Speed Record
A modified Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, developed by Hyundai’s engineering and quality department, reached an average speed of 157.8 mph and a top speed of 160.7 mph during a record attempt at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. The Ioniq is a five door hatchback vehicle resembling a Ford Focus, so it comes as a surprise that it set a land speed record. The record, however, was achieved within the production hybrid category. Hyundai engineers used a combination of the Ioniq’s 1.6 liter stock powertrain and an electric motor to set the record.
The Hyundai Ioniq All Electric Version
Though a hybrid was used to set the record, the Hyundai Ioniq is also manufactured as an all electric. The electric version comes stock with a 28kWh lithium ion polymer battery that delivers a range of 110 miles. The vehicle has 295Nm of torque and charges to 80% in 24 minutes at a DC fast charging station. The Ioniq features paddle shifters. These allow the driver to choose from one of four levels of regenerative braking.