N Control Drive Modes – Track or Road

What is it?

N Control is a five-stage drive mode system that allows the i30 N driver to select from a range of programmed and programmable modes that harmoniously tailors all the car’s key driver technologies. Drivers can choose from five individual drive modes – Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom.

How does it work?

Each of the five drive modes calibrates the i30 N’s turbo-charged engine response, electronic stability and traction controls, Electronic Limited Slip Differential, Rev Matching, Active Variable Exhaust System, Electronic Controlled Suspension, Electronic Sound Generator and steering to deliver an aligned and coherent driving experience. Eco mode maximises economy and efficiency; Normal is ideal for everyday driving conditions; Sport injects a healthy degree of dynamism and athleticism; N Mode ramps up performance, responsiveness and agility for maximum track attack; and N Custom allows drivers to personalise the parameters all these component according to their personal tastes.

Why is this sporty and dynamic?

Having the choice of five different driving modes means i30 N drivers can adapt the car’s driving experience to the prevailing road or track conditions. This effectively creates a car that’s perfectly set up for every type of drive, from regular commutes, to fast cross-country trips, to ten-tenths track driving.

Why do I need it?

Having five distinctly different driving modes effectively creates five different kinds of i30 N in one car, from relaxed and amiable commuter to white-knuckled track warrior. These intelligently configured modes allow the i30 N drivers to have the car they want at the flick of a button.

How do I operate/set it up?

The two dedicated brushed alloy buttons the i30 N’s bespoke steering wheel enable the driver to cycle through the five modes – the button on the left can be used to select Eco, Normal or Sport, while the N and N Custom modes are selected using the right-hand button. The selected mode and its parameters are displayed on the central touch screen.

Is there any advantage over i30 N competitors?

Volkswagen’s Golf GTI features Driver Profile Selection, but this is a four-mode system, and it only alters the throttle mapping and engine management systems, and not the suspension, unless the optional £830 Dynamic Chassis Control is fitted. The Honda Civic Type R is fitted with different driving modes that comprehensively link all of the car’s driver-focused technologies, but there are only three modes, and none can be personalized by the driver. The Ford Focus RS uses a four-stage driving mode that centres on the car’s Electronic Stability Programme, complemented by a two-stage suspension set-up. As with the Civic Type R, there’s no personalisation option well at least not when the N was launched.

Standard or optional?

It’s standard equipment on both i30 N and i30 N Performance models.

Electronically Controlled Suspension

What is it?

The i30 N’s Electronically Controlled Suspension features three-stage active dampers at each corner that can be electronically controlled to tailor the car’s ride quality and body control to different road and driving conditions

How does it work?

The bespoke active dampers fitted to the McPherson front and multi-link rear suspension layout feature a sophisticated use of a solenoid valve system to deliver a precise and immediate change in damping control. The three modes – Comfort, Sport or Sport+ – ensure the i30 N can accommodate a wide range of driving requirements, enabling the driver to select from a relaxed and comfortable ride quality for long motorway journeys, to a taut and sinewy ride for aggressive and fast track work, and everything in between.

Why is this sporty and dynamic?

Aggressively firm body control works hand-in-glove with a powerful engine, wrist-flick gearshift, an ultra-stiff chassis, feelsome steering and indefatigable brakes. It allows the driver to fully exploit the car’s performance potential. But while that perfect dynamic balance might be ideal around the track, an incredibly firm ride soon becomes tiring over everyday roads. The i30 N’s Electronically Controlled Suspension easily and effectively addresses these different driver requirements, without losing its hard-edged focus.

Why do I need it?

Being able to offer a range of different ride modes means the i30 N can fit a wide brief and significantly broaden its appeal – it can be driven easily and calmly through rush-hour traffic to a circuit, then blasted flat out around the track for a morning before undertaking a brisk back-road blast back home.

How do I operate/set it up?

The Electronically Controlled Suspension is controlled through the i30 N’s five-stage N Control drive system, accessed using the central touchscreen.

Is there any advantage over i30 N competitors?

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is available with Dynamic Chassis Control with three-stage adjustable dampers, but it’s an £800 plus option. The Honda Civic Type R comes with three-stage adjustable dampers as standard, while Ford’ Focus RS only has two-stage adjustable dampers.

Standard or optional?

It’s standard equipment on both i30 N and i30 N Performance models.

Electronic Limited Slip Differential

What is it?

An Electronic Limited Slip Differential is an electronically-controlled group of sophisticated gears and clutches that sits between the transmission and driven wheels. By selectively apportioning torque between the two wheels, it enables them to spin at different speeds for enhanced cornering traction.

How does it work?

An open differential essentially delivers the same amount of torque to each wheel, which is all well and good when the car is travelling in a straight line but in a corner power will be spun away and wasted by the wheel with the least grip. Not ideal for a high-performance car, which is why the i30 N is fitted with an incredibly quick and responsive limited slip differential to keep both front wheels in powered rotation. The result is that all the engine’s torque is effectively converted in to exceptional levels of cornering traction.

Why is this sporty and dynamic?

A car that’s fast on the straights and then falls apart when shown a corner is never going to capture a driver’s heart. Maintaining speed entering, during and exiting a corner is a critical part of any engaging driving experience, which is why a limited slip differential and its cornering performance is a vital part of the i30 N’s dynamic repertoire.

Why do I need it?

Power is nothing without control, and the i30 N’s electronically controlled limited slip differential provides the dynamic control that’s central to the car’s driver appeal. It creates incredible levels of cornering grip, allowing drivers to fully deploy its performance to string together a sequence of challenging fast corners with precision and accuracy.

How do I operate/set it up?

You don’t – the Electronic Limited Slip Differential is an integral part of the i30 N’s drivetrain.

Is there any advantage over i30 N competitors?

The Honda Civic Type R has a limited slip differential, but it’s mechanically-controlled, and therefore slower to respond than the i30 N’s electronically-controlled unit. The Golf GTI is also available with a mechanical slip differential, as part of the £1300 Plus Performance upgrade pack. Ford’s Focus RS features four-wheel drive as standard, offering higher levels of traction, along with increased weight, complexity and fuel consumption.

Standard or optional?

The Electronic Limited Slip Differential is only available on the i30 N Performance model, in keeping with its flagship status.

 

Rev-Matching System

What is it?

When driving a racing car with a manual transmission, many advanced drivers employ a technique called ‘heel and toe’ when shifting to a lower gear. By rolling their right foot over the accelerator pedal while braking, they blip the throttle to match the engine revs required for the lower gear they have selected. The i30 N’s innovative Rev-Matching System automatically matches engines revs to the gear selected, for incredibly smooth and controlled gearshifts.

How does it work?

The i30 N’s sophisticated engine management system constantly monitors both engine revs and gear selection, so when a lower gear is selected it automatically increases the engine’s revs to match those of the lower gear. Because it’s logically linked to the Driving Mode system, the responsiveness of the Rev-Matching System will depend on the driving mode selected.

Why is this sporty and dynamic?

The key to outright speed on a track is to be smooth with all driver inputs to maintain the balance and stability of the car. Because the Rev-Matching System ensures the engine revs are perfectly matched to the gear selected, there’s no harsh jolt when the clutch is released, which may upset the balance of the car, particularly when braking into a corner, and cause the car to lose traction.

Why do I need it?

The ‘heel and toe’ procedure is difficult to master, so an intelligent system that automatically replicates this for drivers means they can focus instead on the road ahead of them to maximise the performance of the i30 N, and therefore enjoy a more engaging and involving driver experience.

How do I operate/set it up?

The system can be turned on and off by simply toggling the ‘Rev’ button mounted on the right-hand arm of the i30 N’s bespoke steering wheel.

Is there any advantage over i30 N competitors?

No other key rival, including the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Honda Civic Type R or Ford Focus RS offers a rev-matching feature, making the i30 N unique in its class at its launch.

Standard or optional?

It’s standard equipment on both i30 N and i30 N Performance models.

 

 

 

Active Variable Exhaust System

What is it?

The Active Variable Exhaust System enables drivers to control the sound emitted from the i30 N’s exhaust system, allowing them to tailor it to their mood or driving conditions.

How does it work?

The system actively controls the opening of the twin-outlet active exhaust valve. There are a range of settings, so drivers can chose between a mellow and relaxed engine note for low-speed urban environments and long-distance cruises through to a full-on race soundtrack for trackdays, complete with exhaust pops and crackles on the over-run.

Why is this sporty and dynamic?

Although the Active Variable Exhaust System doesn’t have a direct impact on the i30 N’s performance, its ability to deliver an exhaust note that’s aligned with the driver’s mood makes it an integral part of the i30 N’s dynamic appeal.

Why do I need it?

An engaging and evocative soundtrack is a key part of the emotional link between car and driver – and having the ability to select that goosebump-inducing exhaust note when you want it is a key part of the i30 N’s driver appeal.

How do I operate/set it up?

The Active Variable Exhaust System is part of the i30 N’s Driving Mode System and can be calibrated, set-up and accessed through this system on the car’s touchscreen. Select N mode on the steering wheel then access the custom settings via the touchscreen menu.

Is there any advantage over i30 N competitors?

The Active Variable Exhaust System is not available on the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Honda Civic Type R or Ford Focus RS currently enjoy, making it another sector-unique feature for the i30 N.

Standard or optional?

The Active Variable Exhaust System is standard on the i30 N Performance model.

Launch Control

What is it?

Launch Control assists the driver in achieving the quickest possible acceleration from a standing start – an important feature for drivers that spend a lot of time on the track.

How does it work?

Working in conjunction with the i30 N’s electronic traction and stability controls, the engine management system carefully controls the torque delivered to both front wheels to ensure the quickest of standing starts, irrespective of road conditions. Launch Control also reduces torque steer when setting off, resulting in both rapid and straight-line acceleration.

Why is this sporty and dynamic?

Achieving the perfect full-bore start is a very tricky process, and one that calls for superb clutch and throttle control, particularly if conditions under tyre are wet or slippery. Having a sophisticated Launch Control system that can handle all these variables is a key piece of technology that allows the driver to fully exploit the dynamic potential of the i30 N.

Why do I need it?

Being able to achieve the quickest standing start every single time will be a crucial advantage to i30 N drivers that enjoy regular track days and events.

How do I operate/set it up?

The Launch Control is only available in N driving mode. The driver has to engage first gear, apply full throttle and release the clutch – the Launch Control will handle the rest.

Is there any advantage over i30 N competitors?

The Ford Focus RS comes with launch control as standard, but other key rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Honda Civic Type R do not feature a launch control system, making it a strong sales point for the i30 N.

Standard or optional?

It’s standard equipment on both i30 N and i30 N Performance models.