Hyundai Motor is pulling out all the stops at its home Motor Show, the Busan International Motor show, with the world debut of the RM16 N Concept, along with the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo, the i20 WRC Rally car, the IONIQ project and current model line-ups.
First up, the RM16 represents the Project RM (Racing Midship) which began in 2012, with a mission to test high-performance technologies and refine them for use in future high-performance cars. The main purpose of the Project RM is to develop core high performance technologies while focusing on performance, ultimately resulting in form following function. The RM model has developed with a ‘rolling lab’ concept since 2014, playing a key role in research and development of high performance future ‘N’ models from Hyundai.
The RM16 concept continues the development of high-performance technologies that started with the RM14, which was revealed at the 2014 Busan International Motor Show for the first time. Just as with the subsequent RM15, introduced at the 2015 Seoul Motor Show, RM16 represents the company’s further development of high-performance technologies in the form of a mid-engine, lightweight, high-performance two-seat concept.
The latest concept inherits characteristics from the earlier RM14 and RM15 models –in particular the RM14’s six-speed manual transmission and midship-mounted 2.0 theta T-GDI engine; tuned to develop 300PS. Additionally, the RM16 boasts the same sports-focused weight distribution (43% front, 57% rear), as its predecessors, benefitting from a center of gravity less than 500mm from the ground.
Weight-saving innovations, first seen on RM15, help boost the new concept’s handling and acceleration. A specially-designed aluminum space frame is covered by light, rigid carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body panels, which save considerable weight versus a traditionally-constructed steel-based car.
Over these three RM models, there has been an evolution in aerodynamics that in turn aids stability and thermal flow, maximizing the potential offered by improved powertrain performance. New technologies have been applied, including an electric supercharger to enhance engine power and responsiveness; electronic limited slip differential (E-LSD) that distributes optimal power to each wheel when turning; and an automatically controlled rear spoiler to optimize aerodynamics according to different driving conditions.
This instinctive and visceral experience is enhanced by the electronically-variable exhaust system, which provides a powerful tone to match the sense of acceleration, while the adjustable bolster sports seat contribute to the absorbing driving experience by adapting to the driving mode and speed of cornering.
Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo
First introduced in Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015, Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo was created to inspire the passion of ‘N’. It is the ultimate concept car to show the global audience the brand’s unique perspective on future performance characteristics.
The N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo’s powertrain is based on world’s first mass-produced Hyundai hydrogen fuel cell system, highlighting the company’s passion for performance and sustainability. The total system output is 650kW (884PS), with the dual fuel cell stacks providing 500kW (680PS), and the super capacitor system generating an additional 150kW (204PS) by using energy regeneration when braking. This unrivalled power is delivered through four high-powered, independent in-wheel motors that provide uncompromised traction and immediate response.
The compact, lightweight fuel cell stacks and rigid CFRP monocoque structure help to keep weight down to 972kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio that rivals the most exotic supercars in the world. Combined with a low center of gravity, this power and performance sets the car up to perform on the most challenging of race tracks, encapsulating the thrilling premise of ‘N’ cars.
Inspired by aerodynamics and formed by speed, the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo looks like a jet fighter on wheels that blurs the line between air and asphalt. Hyundai designed this car to appear more like a crafted machine for grounded aeronautics. So, the car actually looks like it is floating. This technological marvel is set to appear exclusively in ‘Gran Turismo Sport’ on Playstation 4 in November.
Extending its focus on high performance, Hyundai displays its i20 WRC joined by a WRC simulator exhibition. This WRC 4DX Virtual Experience gives visitors a lifelike taste of being behind the wheel of a Hyundai rally car by using a virtual reality headset and 4D simulator.
Apart from the above special models, Hyundai is also exhibiting the Elantra, Veloster, i40, Sonata, Azera, Aslan, Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.