Hyundai is making the Ioniq available as a standard hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a full electric car from day one, giving the likes of the Toyota Prius a run for its money. But before US sales start next month, Hyundai went a little crazy: The automaker took a modified version of its green pride and joy to the Bonneville Salt Flats, and notched a top speed of 160.7 mph. Try that with your Prius!
Frankly, the standard hybrid needed a few modifications to get there. Under the hood, this car got single-stage direct-port nitrous injection with a stand-alone fuel system, a low-restriction intake and exhaust. The factory catalysts are all still there, but all the electronic governors were removed. The engine, transmission and hybrid ECUs got recalibrated as well, and the air conditioning was removed to save weight.
The car was lowered by 100mm, with a new front grille and a flat underbody to help with aerodynamics. The interior was gutted, while the suspension got upgraded to racing coil-overs. Lightweight wheels and low-drag aluminum wheelcovers with Goodyear Eagle tires complete the sleek looks.
With this kit, Hyundai set an FIA-approved production-based hybrid vehicle land speed record of 157.825 mph in Utah. That's very impressive from a mildly-modified production hybrid, but we're still more excited about Hyundai's upcoming performance cars, which are expected to corner as well.