Hyundai Ioniq 5 N to chase record at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Hyundai will enter the 2024 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with its first performance EV – the Ioniq 5 N.

Two production-spec cars will compete in the world-famous event’s electric production SUV/crossover class as Hyundai looks to showcase the sporting pedigree of its latest model. Hyundai will also showcase two fully race-prepped cars ahead of its entry into the Nurburgring 24 Hour in late May.

The cars looking to set a new track record on the legendary 12.42-mile hill climb are standard Ioniq 5 Ns producing a massive 632bhp and 549lb ft from their twin-motor powertrain.

To meet the production car class requirements only minor changes were made, including removing the rear seats, installing a race-spec seat and harness and fitting a roll cage and fire suppression system for safety.

The cars will be driven by Pikes Peak veteran Paul Dallenbach and event rookie Ron Zaras. Dallenbach is an eleven-time winner and set an overall record in 1993. Zaras, a media personality and former Hoonigan executive, was recently chosen to showcase the story of a motorsport enthusiast preparing for this massive challenge of competing at Pikes Peak.

“As a lifelong fan of rallying, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been a bucket list event to take part in from the first time I watched the film ‘Climb Dance’ on a 56k internet connection,” said Zaras.

“So, competing here for my first time ever in the Ioniq 5 N – with the support of the excellent teams at Hyundai – is an incredible honour. I’m thrilled to share my journey from young spectator to first time competitor along the way; challenging as that path may be.”

Hyundai has been competing at Pikes Peak for more than 30 years and says the latest visit will “showcase the racetrack capability of every N performance vehicle”.

Till Wartenberg, head of N Brand and Motorsport, said: “We are returning to the mountain stronger than we have left it, with a class leading electric SUV in the form of Ioniq 5.

“Hyundai has a history of proving new technologies and products at Pikes Peak going all the way back to 1992 and the IONIQ 5 N brings that concept to high performance electric cars. The production spec Ioniq 5 N will demonstrate what customers can expect from their vehicles.”

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.