Hyundai Motor Co. says it has set land speed records for hybrid-electric and fuel cell-powered cars with its Sonata sedan and Nexo crossover (above), respectively, at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats.
A modified version of the redesigned 2020 Sonata Hybrid (near right) raced to nearly 165 mph during runs this week, which easily bested the 158 mph mark set by Hyundai’s Ioniq Hybrid in 2016. Changes were made to the base model’s fuel system, tires and suspension.
The Nexo topped out at just over 106 mph. Aside from a few aerodynamic enhancements and added safety systems, the vehicle was essentially stock.
Mazda, the Little Car Company That Can, has been working on a number of important fronts of late.
Continental, an automotive supplier that has a deep engineering bench, is making a huge organizational change, one that Dr. Elmar Degenhart, chairman of the executive board, explains is necessary because, as he puts it, “The industry is changing at a high pace, so we have to change, too.”
According to Frank Jourdan, president, Chassis & Safety Div., Continental Contitech AG (continental-corporation.com), the high-resolution 3D flash LIDAR (HFL) technology that the company is developing for deployment in automated driving systems in the 2020+ timeframe provides an array of benefits.