Hyundai is previewing its high-performance “N” models through an exciting concept with a racing DNA.
If the I30 N model is what you’re waiting for, this concept is the closest thing we have of it. It’s basically a nicely wrapped i30 in WRC guise, conceived to highlight Hyundai’s newfound performance philosophy, as the Korean company aims to provide engaging driving pleasure for its customers.
“RN30 embodies the concept of a strong, high-performance car that brings dynamic, sporty driving. Soon to evolve into our first N model, the RN30 is inspired by our passion to provide a high-performance car that everybody can enjoy effortlessly. We have drawn on our technological expertise – honed through our motorsport successes – to deliver emotional delight through an engaging blend of performance and control, the goal Hyundai’s N strives to achieve in future performance models”, said Albert BiermannHead of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development for Hyundai Motor
The RN30 draws power from a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit, engineered by Hyundai for its N product models, that develops as much power as the brand new 2017 i20 WRC rally car. 380 PS (374 hp) and 451 Nm of torque (332 lb-ft), to be precise, and all thanks to an enlarged turbo, and forged internals.
A wet-type dual-clutch transmission (DCT) is managing the power output while delivering quicker gear shifting and direct coupling to provide dynamic acceleration.
The concept’s racing DNA becomes obvious in its construction, as Hyundai’s engineers focused on reducing the car’s weight and lowering the center of gravity. What’s more interesting is that instead of using carbon fiber reinforced polymer, like most automakers do, Hyundai adopted all-new high-performance plastic materials. This innovative solution is reportedly highly durable and environmentally friendly.
The RN30 is packed with driver-oriented enhancements that can transform anybody into a rally driver. For instance, it comes with rev-matching tech, while the sophisticated electronic limited-slip differential system (eLSD) ensures precise cornering without wheel spin. According to Hyundai, this helps prevent skidding when navigating high-speed curves, allowing drivers to control the powerful brute with ease.
Sounds too good to be true? Well, get used to it because it’s possible to see some of this tech transferred to the upcoming i30 N.