What is the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational?
Every time a new vehicle is released, people want to view its specs and compare them to other similar vehicles. While vehicles excel in different categories, power and performance on the roads are often the most important to drivers. That’s why outside of just comparisons, vehicles participate in various races and competitions. So, what is the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational?
Each year, OPTIMA Batteries looks for the Ultimate Street Car with various events. The vehicles that compete and excel in these events then qualify for the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational. For 2018, both the new 2019 Veloster N performance model and the Ioniq electric model are both competing in hopes to qualify for the Invitational.
When it comes to performance, the new Veloster N comes equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that generates 275 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Ioniq Electric model competing borrows the high-power AC permanent magnet electric motor found in the Kona to offer 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque.
“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. 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.”
-Joshua Vedder, senior group manager, Customer Connect, Hyundai Motor America.
If you would like to learn more about the performance of these two Hyundai models participating in the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, be sure to contact us at Apple Valley Hyundai. You can also follow our blog for more Hyundai news and information.