N out in front in World Superbikes
Inspiration26 February 2020
This year’s MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is about to start in Australia and Hyundai will be leading the pack once again. That’s because the high performance i30 Fastback N will be the official safety car of the high octane series, leading out a 22-strong grid of motorcycle racing stars as they rip across the globe in the 13-round competition that will take them from Australia to Argentina, and from Qatar to the Netherlands.
The three-year partnership began in 2019 with Hyundai leading out a thrilling championship. Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Rea ran out eventual winner (making it five championships in a row!) in a season that saw five British riders finish in the top eight. And this year looks like it is going to be even more exciting thanks, in part, to the inclusion of last year’s British Superbike Championship winner Scott Redding.
“We were very excited to announce our partnership with WorldSBK in 2019 because we share the same DNA. All N cars are corner rascals, and the essence of motorcycle racing is cornering,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of High Performance Vehicle & Motorsport Division at Hyundai at the announcement of the partnership. “WorldSBK is the fastest production bike race, and all N cars are race track capable whilst providing sports car performance in everyday driving. From our brand experience to driving experience, we will make this partnership a global platform for fans to ‘Feel the Feeling’ of N.”
As well as providing the i30 Fastback N as the official safety car for all the races, Hyundai will showcase its high performance N Brand to fans at each circuit as visitors will be able to experience the N models through test drives, using race tracks and external circuits.
“We are thrilled to welcome Hyundai and its N performance division into WorldSBK,” said Marc Saurina, WorldSBK Commercial and Marketing Director. “Hyundai is a global brand with great quality and performance, of which a similar definition could be applied to us. Our WorldSBK Official Safety Car drivers are already excited to drive the Hyundai N performance vehicles.”
Hyundai Motorsport was first established to demonstrate the high performance capabilities of Hyundai’s vehicles, but has since successfully participated in a number of rally and racing events, including the FIA World Rally Championship, Nürburgring 24 Hours and TCR. Its high performance technology was redirected to passenger vehicles, giving birth to the N Brand in 2015, followed by the launch of its first customer-facing vehicle, i30 N in 2017.
World SBK 2020 Calendar
28 February-01 March Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
13-15 March Qatar Losail International Circuit
27-29 March Spain Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto
17-19 April The Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
8-10 May Italy Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola
22-24 May Spain MotorLand Aragón
12-14 June Italy Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”
03-05 July United Kingdom Donington Park
31 July-02 August Germany Motorsport Arena Oschersleben
4-6 September Portugal Autódromo Internacional do Algarve
18-20 September Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
25-27 September France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
09-11 October Argentina Circuito San Juan Villicu