Hyundai Motor, the fastest growing automaker by brand value, showcased its high performance sub-brand N during the recent Frankfurt International Motor Show. Built on the foundation of the company’s intensive product development and motor sport experiences, Hyundai N ultimately aims to bring “the most thrilling winding road fun” to customers who truly love cars.
Inspired by motor sports, the Hyundai N has tempered its experiences and technological capabilities to create striking and pioneering high-performance cars.
Hyundai N cars will feature new powertrains and lightweight materials derived from Hyundai Motor’s World Rally Championship (WRC) participation, as well as performance-focused handling and aerodynamics. By providing carefully balanced levels of power and agility, Hyundai N cars will also achieve harmony in performance and deliver optimum thrills to customers who appreciate a focused and truly engaging driving experience.
In order to introduce Hyundai N’s roots and vision clearly, Hyundai Motor showcases the latest motor sports challenger and two dynamic concepts during the motor show. A preview of the latest motor sports challenger, New Generation i20 WRC, shows Hyundai Motor’s effort to accumulate high-performance technologies and test performance-oriented models that possess racetrack capable technologies. As a further hint to Hyundai Motor’s future technologies, RM15 will also be showcased with Hyundai Motor’s ultimate concept car, the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo.
Based on Hyundai N’s slogan “Ngaged: Moment of Pure Connection Between the Car and Driver,” Hyundai Motor will deliver passion and pleasure in driving on the race track as well as in everyday life.
Born in Namyang, honed at Nürburgring
The tight connection between Namyang and Nürburgring creates the foundation for N. Namyang as the heart of Hyundai Motor’s global research and development network and birthplace of all Hyundai cars, and Nürburgring is the world’s most challenging race track in Germany used to hone N’s high performance technologies. Both locations play a crucial role in developing, testing and perfecting the predictable and responsive handling and vigorous acceleration that will characterize future N products.
Hyundai Motor’s passion for N can be identified by the curved lines of the signature letter N. The logo shape of N represents the corners of a race track where cars are pushed to the limit – namely, the chicane where the technical skills of the driver and the balance of the car are rigorously tested.
Performing at the driver’s will and aiming for an immediate response, the Hyundai N embodies the focus for Hyundai Motor’s upcoming high-performance line-up. The N fulfills the promise of Hyundai Motor to always go after new ideas and undiscovered possibilities. Along with constant technological enhancement in new generation powertrains, lightweight materials, chassis, body and aerodynamic concepts, the Hyundai N will become the platform for Hyundai Motor’s future performance-focused products.
Inspired by motor sports
The Hyundai N originates from Hyundai Motor’s motor sports endeavors, the source of inspiration for the development of high-performance cars. Delivering instant and precise response to the driver’s intention, high-performance cars demand sharp cornering, immediate steering response and a light but strong chassis. The sense of total control and immediate response will unite the driver and car to maximize delight in everyday driving.
At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Hyundai Motor highlights its passion for performance and engineering competency with a preview of the new generation i20 WRC rally car, which appears on the stage to demonstrate Hyundai Motor’s performance ambition.
Based on the new generation i20, this rally car is the preview for the vehicle that will compete in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship. Featuring optimized weight distribution, greater powertrain efficiency and enhanced aerodynamics, the car is already undergoing a punishing testing, engineering and development regime building up to its final rally-specification ahead of its debut at Rally Monte Carlo.
The New Generation i20 WRC will demonstrate Hyundai Motor’s ability to enhance its high-performance DNA, and will continue to compete in motor sports as Hyundai N builds towards producing a full road-going line-up of cars.
Joining the Nürburgring 24-hour race with Hyundai Motor’s i30 Turbo is another step forward in the company’s challenge to enhance high-performance specifications. Powered by a 1.6-liter R4 Turbo engine producing 166 kilowatts (226 PS or 223 horsepower) at 5,500 revolutions per minute, the car competed in the challenging Nürburgring 24-hour race in May 2015. More than 80 percent of the drivetrain incorporated in the i30 series production car combined with upgraded race-capable technologies led Hyundai i30 Turbo to win the SP2T class and finish 71st overall. The car completed 119 laps and ran over 3,000 kilometers without any technical issues or problems.
High-performance technologies from Hyundai’s RM15
The mid-engined RM15 (Racing Midship 2015) concept is an aggressively-styled high-performance coupe that makes a confident statement about Hyundai Motor’s passion for performance and hints at the future direction of the Hyundai N’s advanced technologies.
Although the RM15 is a new challenge for Hyundai Motor, it has adopted a “midship” structure established when N technology was introduced by Hyundai Motor in 2013 to support the production of high-performance automobiles.
The RM15 features an aluminum spaceframe as its core structure, covered by light, stiff body panels formed in carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), which together help to achieve a significant weight saving compared to a conventional all-steel vehicle. The body panels are painted in the signature colors that represent N vehicles featuring Hyundai Motor’s high-performance technologies.
Total weight is reduced to 1,260 kilograms – a saving of 195 kilograms compared to an all-steel structure. With weight distribution effectively balanced for a midship concept (43 percent front, 57 percent rear), the center of gravity is just 491 millimeters from the ground and aerodynamic downforce is 124 kilograms at 200 kilometers per hour, aided by a competitive lift-coefficient.
Power comes from Hyundai Motor’s Theta 2.0-liter T-GDI engine, tuned to deliver 300 PS (296 hp) at 6,000 rpm through a six-speed manual transmission. Mounted transversely behind the two-seater cabin and ahead of the rear axle, optimized weight distribution is ensured, with a low moment of inertia for excellent handling agility and high levels of traction. Vertical air-intake slots in the flanks of the car, ahead of the rear wheel arches, increase cooling airflow within the engine bay and enhance powertrain efficiency, ready to enjoy your ride on the race track.
All these elements combine to achieve Hyundai N’s aim of balanced performance, focusing on increasing power without sacrificing the driving experience. Every individual element has a crucial role in making N nimble and responsive to deliver the core N value of harmonized performance.