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Eight-seater Hyundai iMax N ‘Drift Bus’ revealed

Hyundai Australia has turned an eight-seater iMax into a drift weapon for this weekend’s Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge.

The people mover is powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6, which makes 300 kW and is designed to compete in time attack and drift events. The van retains its eight-speed automatic gearbox, which connects to a ‘corner-carving’ differential.

 

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It will debut this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park with entries in the Clubsprint Class: for outright lap times and corner-carving ability, Flying 500: for neck-snapping acceleration and drivetrain performance and Drifting Cup: for ultimate handling and tyre-burning proficiency.


The inspiration for the Drift Bus came after Hyundai Germany posted an April Fools image of an iMax drifting.

 

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The suspension features electronically-controlled dampers, while the brakes have also been given an N performance upgrade. The 19” alloy wheels, borrowed from the i30 N, are wrapped in performance rubber.

On the outside, the van also dons a front splitter, side skirts, a rear diffuser and rear spoiler. Inside it retains creature comforts, like 12-way adjustable front seats and rear seats suited with suede and leather.

 

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Optimising cornering performance and handling, the iMax N achieves perfect 50-50 weight distribution with eight people on-board. Incredibly, the van can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in under five seconds.

The iMax Drift Bus will not be put into production and isn’t road-legal either.

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