July 15th, 2022 is Hyundai “N Day!” The Korean car manufacturer unveiled two very unique vehicles that they state will likely shape what’s in store for the future of Hyundai’s N performance line, the RN22e and N Vision 74. These two ‘rolling lab’ concepts demonstrate Hyundai Motor’s ambition to become a leader in the zero-emissions future.
Based on the design of an Ioniq 6, the RN22e is brought to life through the unification of technology and aesthetics with Hyundai’s aerodynamic development team. The track-focused, performance EV makes the most of every hairpin turn and blistering fast straight away. The Ioniq 6 N (RN22e) is built on the same E-GMP electric vehicle platform the production Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 current use, however wearing modified Ioniq 6 bodywork.
According to Motortrend, “Likewise, the same 77.4-kWh battery pack is nestled between the wheels under the floor. The racy body has been stretched 2.4 inches longer and 5.6 inches wider, while the car has been lowered 0.6 inch. Because it uses the same 800-volt battery as the production cars, the RN22e can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in under 18 minutes on a 350-kW DC Fast charger, so even if you drain the battery racing around you’re back in business after a brief rest stop. The battery might be the same, but the motors ain’t. Hyundai hasn’t shared specific details on what all’s been changed, but the RN22e makes 576 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque combined from its front and rear electric motors. All that power gives it a top speed of more than 155 mph. With half-again as much power as the most-powerful Ioniq 6, we predict Hyundai will be able to drop the RN22e’s 0 to 60 mph time from 5.1 seconds to under four seconds, but the company has not made any official pronouncements yet.”
As published by The Drive, “Hyundai said it focused intently on cornering capability with the RN22e by using a twin-clutch, torque-vectoring system that shuttles power from side to side. The adeptness at cornering should be baked-in; anyone who’s driven the Veloster N on track could attest to that. Hyundai also said it would provide stopping power to arrest what’s likely to be a very heavy racer. To that end, it’s equipped the RN22e with 15.8-inch rotors with four-piston calipers, bolstered by a regen-braking system that they say they’re developing for “yaw and corner attack.””
The N Vision 74 brings a blast from Hyundai’s past to help inspire the next generation of modern day performance. In terms of design, N Vision 74 pays an homage to the Hyundai Pony Coupe concept from 1974. The concept was then built into prototypes for Hyundai’s first production sports car.
Top Gear website wrote, “Nestled amongst the multitude of excellence that emerged from fabled Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro sit both the DeLorean and the Hyundai Pony Coupe; the latter influencing the former, at least according to Hyundai. So you could say the company’s gone back for its future, because the Pony has now influenced this.”
“There’s a 670bhp hybrid drivetrain on board that allows for a 155mph top speed, hybrid here referencing the 74’s battery and hydrogen fuel cell setup. The battery is a 62.4kWh unit with 800V fast-charging capability, while the hydrogen fuel-cell is said to be “the most advanced” the company has ever built, weighing just 4.2kg and able to be refilled in five minutes.”
“The deployment of both power sources is said to improve cooling efficiency, and both can be used independently or altogether for the full ‘Great Scott’ effect – 670bhp is allied to a whopping 664lb ft of torque. There’s no 0-62mph time – nor a weight figure – but one suspects it’ll shift.”
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