The Hyundai N performance sub-brand which will shortly introduce go-faster variants of the automaker’s existing road cars has been launched at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show by means of the Hyundai N 2025 Vision GT concept, 2016 i20 WRC car, N Bobsleigh and RM15 concept.
The N 2025 Vision GT concept is made for the PlayStation video game Gran Turismo and demonstrates the newly formed N high performance division’s capabilities. The letter N denotes the close relationship between Hyundai’s Namyang Technical Center and Nurburgring (where the automaker has established a testing centre).
The radical race car concept previews what is to be expected in terms of design and engineering of N models. The company says that the road-legal N models will be based on the existing global products and will have new powertrains, lighter construction along with tweaked suspension and steering systems for enthusiastic handling. The teams’s learning from WRC (World Rally Championship) would also go into making the N cars more fun to drive.
The N 2025 Vision GT concept is powered by what is claimed to be the world’s first mass produced hydrogen fuel cell system. Apart from the dual fuel cell stack which accounts for 670 hp, the car also derives its energy from super capacitor system which has 201 hp. The combined output stands at a phenomenal 871 hp. Four high-power wheel-mounted electric motors take care of propulsion.
Understandably, Hyundai has not shared many details about its 2016 WRC contender which is based on the new gen i20 hatchback. Starting from Monte Carlo Rally early next year, the i20 WRC will be fighting it out with the defending champion, the VW Polo R WRC.
The RM15 concept (Rear Midship 2015) which was unveiled earlier is a mid-engined N concept race car based on the Veloster. Powered by a 300 PS 2.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged direct injection petrol motor, the concept uses signature N Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) body panels.
Hyundai’s N Bobsleigh has been designed for the Sout Korean National Bobsleigh team. Using its N-know-how, the automaker’s engineering team was able to improve its aerodynamic efficiency, optimize its weight distribution and lower the centre of gravity. The usage of CFRP is expected to improve cornering and acceleration.