Electric future burns bright with Hyundai N

Riley Riley

If Hyundai can do for EVs what it has done for its N high performance brand then the future of motoring is looking so much brighter.

To whet our appetite, they’ve just released these mouth-watering images of the RN22e (Ioniq 6 performance makeover) and the N Vision 74 (Hydrogen fuel cell version).

These two ‘rolling lab’ concepts demonstrate Hyundai Motor’s ambition to become a leader in the zero-emissions future.

Since launching its very first high-performance production road car in 2017, Hyundai i30 N, N has pushed the limits of performance to help customers discover how fun driving can be.

The brand claim is ‘Never just drive’ because getting from A to B should never be boring.

Even in the electric future, N brand pursues its three pillars: corner rascal (tight, perfectly balanced cornering machine), racetrack capability (all N models are built to perform directly on the track) and everyday sports car (for everyone and every need, not just track days and highways).

“In just seven years, Hyundai N has become the fastest evolving performance brand,” N Brand’s Till Wartenberg said.

“N is moving forward to set new standards in sustainable high performance. We enthusiastically start this new chapter of electrified high-performance and will pursue this goal by using our creativity, engineering expertise and competitive spirit.”

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Hyundai RN22e



RN22e is designed to compensate for the extra weight of a battery-electric vehicle by exploring torque vectoring by twin clutch.

It also makes use of 3D printed parts to help reduce weight and keep the rigidity for better corner attack.

RN22e delivers 430kW of power and 740Nm of torque.

Equipped with AWD, it optimises the distribution of torque according to different drive modes that allows drivers to choose the torque power on the front and rear wheels.

To enhance RN22e’s racetrack capability, N focused on cooling and braking to enhance endurance.

RN22e provides track-optimized settings to let customers enjoy the circuit without derating.

Having four piston monoblock calipers and a 400-mm hybrid disc allows RN22e to withstand the weight of its power electric (PE) system.

In addition, Hyundai N will use RN22e to study how to deliver dynamic movement with regen-braking that precisely controls yaw and corner attack.

Knowing what exhilarates enthusiasts, N is developing new features, such as the emotional driving experience for electrified models.

RN22e provides N Sound+, which generates sound from the interior and exterior speakers, for a dynamic driving feel.

In addition, N e-shift integrates the vibration and shifting feel with N Sound+.

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Hyundai N Vision 74


N Vision 74

In terms of design, N Vision 74 pays an homage to the Hyundai Pony Coupe concept from 1974, which was developed by the legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro.

With more than 500kW of power and 900Nm of torque, it is equipped with a driver-centric cockpit that blends heritage elements and modern design, such as digital cluster and analogue buttons.

Measuring 4952mm long, 1995mm wide and 1331mm tall on a 2905mm wheelbase, it is the first high-performance rolling lab built on the most advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that Hyundai N has created.

By having fuel cell system and battery-electric powering the N Vision 74 together, the cooling efficiency is improved, while the two different power sources can be used depending on different driving conditions.

This fine-tuned logic system enables better torque vectoring by twin motors on the rear, allowing a precise and responsive cornering experience.

Moreover, N Vision 74 explores the balance between the performance and cooling with a three-channel cooling system.

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The next step

As the initial big step, Hyundai Motor’s first electric N, IONIQ 5 N will hit the global market in 2023.

More details about the first EV N will be unveiled later.


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