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Hyundai Nexo, Sonata Hybrid shoot for land-speed records

The two eco-friendly machines hit the Bonneville Salt Flats for a crack at the record book.

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Hyundai sent its hydrogen fuel cell-powered crossover out to the Bonneville Salt Flats for a land-speed record attempt.

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It also brought a specially prepared Sonata Hybrid for its own record attempt.

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The Sonata Hybrid went 164.66 mph, while the Nexo went 106.16 mph.

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Numerous modifications were made to the Sonata Hybrid, including to the engine, chassis and aero tweaks.

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Under the hood, the frugal power plant benefited from a custom four-cylinder header and a nitrous system augmented things further.

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A new strut, shock and spring package was installed.

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The Nexo made do with only the necessary safety equipment needed to run on the salt flats.

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Now, it's a waiting game to see if these vehicles will smash records.

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Both speeds are subject to FIA homologation regulations.

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In the meantime, both the Nexo and Sonata Hybrid will be on display at the 2019 SEMA show.

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