Hyundai Engineering Teams Attempt Land Speed Records with NEXO Fuel Cell SUV

By October 22, 2019 3   min read  (386 words)

October 22, 2019 |

Hyundai Record Attemps Nexo Main 1
  •  The Hyundai NEXO Fuel Cell Concept Attempted a Land Speed Record for the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Category of 106.160 mph (subject to FIA homologation)

WENDOVER, Utah and BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS, Utah– Hyundaiengineering teams from both sides of the Pacific attempted two new land speed records for the NEXO Fuel Cell SUV (106.160 mph) and Sonata Hybrid (164.669 mph) at the Bonneville Salt Flats on September 25, 2019 (both records are subject to FIA homologation).

The two eco-focused concepts were developed and tested by Hyundai America Technical Center, Hyundai Motor America and Hyundai Motor Company engineering teams for display at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I was thrilled with the privilege of piloting these two Hyundai land speed record attempts,” said Dean Schlingmann, driver of the vehicles and senior powertrain engineer at Hyundai America Technical Center. “The engineering teams from our U.S. technical center, Hyundai Motor America and Korea pooled talents and resources to create these eco-focused vehicles for our exciting achievements at the Bonneville Salt Flats.”

Hyundai Record Attempt Nexo WM

Hyundai NEXO Fuel Cell SUV Concept
The Hyundai NEXO attempted a land speed record for the hydrogen fuel cell category of 106.160 mph (record subject to FIA homologation). Following are the modifications to the Hyundai NEXO fuel cell SUV:


  • FIA-Approved Chromoly Safety Cage
  • Sparco ERGO Safety Seat
  • Sparco 6-point safety harness
  • SPA Technique Firesense by FireAde Suppression System
  • AutoPower Safety Window Nets
  • Simpson Racing Arm Restraint Nets


  • Custom Body Wrap by Hyundai Design Center of Irvine
  • High-Speed Under-Bumper Aero Valence

Hyundai Motor America
At Hyundai Motor America, we believe everyone deserves better. From the way we design and build our cars to the way, we treat the people who drive them, making things better is at the heart of everything we do. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to create a better experience for customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide and nearly half of those sold in the U.S. are built at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

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