Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Veloster N compete for 'ultimate street car'

(September 17, 2018) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — As car buyers eagerly await the upcoming launch of the 2019 Veloster N, Hyundai is fueling the anticipation by grassroots racing the Veloster N and Ioniq electric in the annual OPTIMA Batteries “2018 Search for the Ultimate Street Car.”

The Ioniq electric returns to defend its 2017 National Championship in the new and exciting GTE class. Entering its first full year of competition, the Veloster N is challenging the top GTC class competitors.

“The OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car competition is the perfect venue to allow Hyundai to showcase its expanding performance envelope and introduce the N-brand vehicles to performance enthusiasts,” said Joshua Vedder, senior group manager, Customer Connect, Hyundai Motor America.

“The vehicles are modified in a way that mirrors a typical enthusiast — gripper tires and suspension, increased power, etc.; and then tested in this severe environment. This is one way we ensure our vehicle will exceed our customers’ expectations.”

Both the 275-horsepower Veloster N and the 201-horsepower Ioniq electric were upgraded for the series and will compete in the second to last event of the season. The teams are hoping to qualify for the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational.