Hyundai has been a global leader in fuel cell electric technology having developed fuel cell powered passenger as well as commercial vehicles. Hyundai America Technical Center of Hyundai Motor America and the Hyundai Motor Company engineering teams have developed the Hyundai NEXO fuel cell powered SUV concept. This concept will be demonstrated at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Hyundai modified the NEXO SUV for the world speed record attempt at the Bonneville Salt plains in Nevada. They installed an FIA approved Chromoly safety cage, Sparco ERGO seats, Sparco six point safety harness, SPA Technique Firesense system by FireAde Suppression system, AutoPower Safety window nets and Simpson Racing Arm Restrain Net in the car attempting the world speed record. In the body, the main modification involved installation of High-Speed Under-Bumper Aero Valence.
The car was driven by Dean Schlingmann. The Hyundai NEXO fuel cell car was able to achieve a top speed of 106.160 mph (169.856 km/h). The result is pending approval by FIA.