Hyundai didn’t mention anything about the cleverness of the new 2015 Genesis’ chassis in their official press material when they revealed the car. But now they have released some footage of the Genesis at the Nurburgring, and claim that it’s been developed by Lotus engineers, which are the best kind you can get if you want to tune some chassis.
Now, that sounds like quit a big deal, and they should have made a bigger fuss about it. I mean all car makers want to work with Lotus, and when they show up at the Nurburgring to test the result of their endeavors, they must have something quite good to offer. Unless of course it’s a marketing thing they’ve just come up with, and brought Lotus onboard to play along.
This is all great, but we can’t help but wonder what is the point of Nurburgring-tuning a family sedan. Such a car should, nay, must first and foremost be soothing and comfortable. And we all know that is not what you can achieve on the Nurburgring. If anything, the ‘Ring’s turns and twists will force the engineers to keep adding beef to the suspension to make the car go round corners in a more composed manner. As you can imagine, that is not very good for comfort.
That said, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis features an H-TRAC all-wheel-drive system and driving modes that can be altered by the driver. One would imagine that properly tuning these complicated things were beyond the capabilities of Hyundai’s own engineering department, so they asked Lotus to give them a hand.