Hyundai i30 N Project C: Lighter Limited Edition Promises A Sportier Driving Experience

The aggressive i30 N Project C may have surfaced online a little earlier than its maker intended, but it has been unveiled in full at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Hyundai is promoting the hot hatch as “a lighter, lower, more aggressive version” of the regular i30 N Performance. The ‘C’ in the name stands for ‘Area C’ at Hyundai’s Namyang R&D high-performance test circuit, ‘carbon fiber’, and ‘center of gravity.’ It will be sold exclusively in Europe and be limited to just 600 units.

The i30 N Project C sports a 2.0-liter T-GDI turbo four that’s pumping out 271 HP and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque and up to 278 lb-ft (378 Nm) when Overboost is enabled between 1750 rpm and 4200 rpm. Essentially, it is the same lump found in the regular i30 N with the Performance Package.

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The first major difference between the standard model and the Project C is the weight. Hyundai started by developing a new front splitter, rear diffuser, bonnet and N-branded side skirts from carbon fiber reinforced plastic. In addition, the i30 N Project C comes standard with forged OZ Racing 19-inch wheels that save 22 kg (48 lbs). Another key weight-saving measure is the presence of front bucket seats with carbon fiber reinforced plastic backings. All this contribute to the the Project C being 50 kg (110 lbs) lighter than the i30 N hatchback.

Elsewhere, Hyundai has also lowered the vehicle’s ride height by 6 mm (0.23-inch) and lowered the center of gravity effectively by 8.8 mm (0.34-inches) thanks to new internal calibrations for the i30 N dampers and shorter higher-stiffness springs. Tuning has been done to the various driving modes, with both the Sport and N providing greater feedback through the wheel.

A peek inside reveals a handful of small details to distinguished the i30 N Project C from lesser variants. Most notably, the light blue accents of the standard car have been replaced by Deep Orange parts including the Drive Mode and N-mode thumb paddles on the steering wheel. There is also a limited-edition badge on the passenger side that marks the number of each of the 600 cars that will be made.

Hyundai hasn’t announced pricing just yet, but dis say that deliveries will commence in select European markets later this year.

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Live image credits: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for Carscoops

  • Matteo Tommasi

    This is more “Colin Chapman” than Lotus now.

  • Tabs Luther

    wow, THAT’S the one I want!

  • Alpina

    The only thing missing here for the whole nine yards is the carbon roof, then it would be 10/10.
    Expected price 40.000 Euros ?!

  • javier

    i like that lots, so nice

  • William rowe

    would had been cool if they had made a easy way to take the front passenger and back seats out if someone wanted to take it to the track, how much weight would it save taking the front passenger and back seats out?

  • Six_Tymes

    Everyone has an opinion, I have mine. I think its strange that they didn’t offer this on the veloster. I think if they implemented these tweaks to the veloster only, and rolled out this package as an option in ALL markets and not limited, they would sell like crazy. I also think they just killed veloster sales a bit more on their own by releasing this package for the i30, because, now world wide appeal is on this car, and now even less on the veloster. This is a dumb move, and signals the end of the velsoster in maybe only 1-4 years from now. they sell slowly as it is, now they put a bigger dent in sales when they could have grown veloster sales, and this package could have been the “killer app” to increase sales for the new veloster. dumb move all around, the veloster name just went down. sad

    • bd0007

      The i30N came out about a year ahead of the Veloster-N, so Hyundai may also end up doing something for the Veloster-N in about 8-10 months time.

      Plus, this is limited to the Euro market and in limited nos. (600 units), so wouldn’t have any impact on Veloster-N sales, much less regular i30-N sales even in Europe due to the limited supply.

      • Six_Tymes

        irrelevant, and this post is about Project C, which is what I am referring to.

        • bd0007

          It is totally relevant as the point is that the i30N came out first, so it gets the Project C treatment first.

          Automakers don’t do these “special editions” at the very start; they do it later to spruce up additional sales (see Dodge w/ all the latest variants of the Challenger).

          So if Hyundai were to do a Project C for the Veloster, it wouldn’t be til later, but there’s no guarantee that they would do so – as the i30N Project C is limited to Europe (mostly Germany) which can command higher prices.

          • Six_Tymes

            Obviously you didn’t read my first post in its entirety, OR you cant under stand it, and you are here to mostly just start an argument. not into wasting my time with blather.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Personally, it would be perfect for me if it didn’t have a carbon fiber hood, and had hood vents near the fenders like you see on an Aston.

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