Drift king to pilot Hyundai IONIQ 5 N at World Time Attack Challenge

Hyundai’s high-performance IONIQ 5 N is set to make its debut Australian appearance at the World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC), following its recent global reveal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Legendary “Drift King” Keiichi Tsuchiya of Japan will pilot the first all-electric model from the N brand – in a series of demonstration laps throughout the two-day event.

Keiichi Tsuchiya is credited with inspiring and popularising the sport of drift globally, starting with a late-1970s video of Tsuchiya-san skilfully drifting his Toyota AE86.

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Drifting to entertain the crowd on the final lap while competing in the All Japan Touring Car Championship in the 1980s cemented Tsuchiya-san’s legend status and Drift King title and he went on to found the D1 Grand Prix, the first professional drift series.

IONIQ 5 N’s N Drift Optimiser feature, which helps maintain drift angle, is designed to make every driver feel like a Drift King.

“We are excited to partner with World Time Attack Challenge, which will provide the perfect showcase for the immense performance capability of IONIQ 5 N, our first all-electric Hyundai N vehicle,” Hyundai Australia CEO Ted Lee said.

“We’re thrilled Hyundai has decided to team up with World Time Attack Challenge for the Australian debut of IONIQ 5 N,” WTAC boss Ian Baker said. “With a 478kW output and the legendary Keiichi Tsuchiya at the wheel, the fans are in for a great demonstration.”

Hyundai will take over Sydney Motorsport Park’s Amaroo South pit complex at WTAC, with a host of public displays and activities planned, including an IONIQ 5 N display, Keiichi Tsuchiya fan signing sessions, N vehicle range and N TCR display and an N Café.

WTAC is the world’s largest time attack racing festival, with a history dating back to 2010. This year’s event will take place over two-days (1-2 September) at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Top Australian and international teams will battle in cars highly modified for extreme power and downforce, with the driver setting the quickest single lap crowned champion. For further details about WTAC visit https://worldtimeattack.com/

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