Hyundai IONIQ 5 N to compete for electric production SUV/crossover record at Pikes Peak Hill Climb
A production Hyundai IONIQ 5 N is being tested for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by driver Robin Shute in California City, California, on 5 April 2024.

Hyundai is bound to spark a lot of excitement at the 102nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) in America on 23 June 2024 when two 471 kW Hyundai IONIQ 5 N cars will go after the Electric Production SUV/Crossover record as part of a four-car effort.

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

The drivers of the IONIQ 5 N vehicles going for the Electric Production SUV/Crossover record at Pikes Peak in Colorado are Paul Dallenbach and Ron Zaras. Dallenbach is an eleven-time PPIHC winner and set an overall record in 1993. Zaras is a PPIHC rookie and the newest team member. 

“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.”

In addition, Hyundai will debut a modified specification IONIQ 5 N to compete at PPIHC prior to the ADAC RAVENOL 24h Nürburgring on May 30. Two of these additional IONIQ 5 N models will be driven by Dani Sordo and Robin Shute. Shute is a four-time overall winner and King of the Mountain title holder at Pikes Peak. Sordo is a Spanish World Rally Championship driver for Hyundai Motorsport. 

Hyundai chose to pursue the PPIHC Electric Production SUV/Crossover record with a IONIQ 5 N because it embodies the racetrack capability of every N performance vehicle. IONIQ 5 N has been tested in extreme temperatures and locations and developed and tuned specifically at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for enhanced racetrack capability.

It is supported by technologies such as structural enhancements, World Rally Championship-inspired integrated drive axles, increased thermal management, N-tuned brakes, and an industry leading brake regenerative force of 0,6 G. 

Due to the rigorous test process for the standard IONIQ 5 N, only minor updates were made to comply with the rules from a safety perspective. The driver’s seat was replaced with a Recaro Pro Racer SPA Hans seat. The seat belts are Sabelt six-point HANS compatible. The rear seats were removed, and a roll cage and fire suppression system were installed. 

In every other way, the IONIQ 5 N being prepared for Pikes Peak is a standard IONIQ 5 N. In the future, the red paint will be swapped with a new eye-catching Hyundai N livery. 



Motor output


166 kW


282 kW

Total output

448 kW

N Grin Boost output

478 kW (Front: 175 kW / Rear: 303 kW)



84 kWh


Charge speed

238 kW (when connected to a DCFC 350 kW charger)

Charge time




4,71 m


1,94 m


1,58 m


2,99 m


Yokohama Advan V107 275/35R21

Braking system


4-piston (40 cm)


1-piston (36 cm)

Regenerative braking


0,6 G (0,2 G during ABS activation)

0 – 100 km/h

Approx. 3.25 sec. (w/ N Launch Control and Grin Boost function utilized)

Top speed

260 km/h (electronically limited)

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

First staged in 1916, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest race in America.  The invitation-only event, often referred to as The Race to the Clouds, is held annually near the end of June on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, near Colorado Springs, Colorado. The famous 20 km course consists of 156 turns, boasts an elevation gain of 1 440 m, and reaches a finish line at 4 302 m above sea level.

The PPIHC’s six race divisions feature a wide variety of vehicles - from production-based Time Attack challengers to purpose-built Open Wheel racers and state-of-the-art Unlimited vehicles. The current race record was set in 2018 by Romain Dumas and Volkswagen in the all-electric I.D. R Pikes Peak – 07:57.148.