Hyundai checked all the boxes with its award-winning IONIQ5, its first dedicated electric vehicle. The bold, futuristic-looking EV has earned high praise thus far with long-range capabilities, advanced features, and a smooth ride.
However, after teasing the IONIQ5 N in a new video, Hyundai has confirmed its race-inspired N-line will enter the new era of electric vehicles. Giving a new meaning to sustainable high performance.
What is sustainable high performance? In the simplest form, it’s high-performance electric vehicles that produce zero emissions.
However, Hyundai is spinning that by developing zero-emission EVs that can achieve high performance for prolonged periods (sustainable).
Hyundai’s N-line was born in 2012 by a hand-picked team of “elite research” staff members. The company’s high-performance line began attracting several higher-ups from BMW and Mercedes-Benz AMG.
The Hyundai N-line represents “three N DNA pillars,” including:
- Corner Rascal: driving enthusiasts must be able to handle corners, hence the “N.”
- Race Track Capability: Hyundai’s N-line vehicles must be “performance ready” at all times.
- Everyday Sports Car: N models are built not only to crush the racetrack but also for everyday driving situations.
The South Korean automaker will build upon these principles as it transitions to an electric future, giving us a glimpse into what that could look like with the Hyundai IONIQ5 N.
Hyundai IONIQ5 N is the future of sustainable high performance
The new video reveals how Hyundai is using its rolling lab, or what the company calls its “playground,” to bridge its motorsports DNA directly into its N-line models.
Hyundai began the RN22e project with a mission of setting a new stand in electrified high performance. The RN22e (which looks like an aggressive IONIQ6) is based on Hyundai’s E-GMP, which the IONIQ5 and IONIQ6 ride on, but includes several new features allowing it to live up to the “N” name.
One of Hyundai’s newest technologies is called the “E-TVTC,” which is:
A faster reacting torque vectoring technology that matches the instant torque of an EV, fending off the understeer.
Hyundai’s RN22e is the first four-wheel drive rolling lab. Dual motors sit at the front and rear axles, allowing precise power distribution.
To control battery heat (which can reduce performance), Hyundai is focusing on finding the perfect balance between aerodynamic efficiency and cooling. And for high-performance fans that like the “thrust” and sounds an EV does not typically feature, Hyundai is adding N Sound and N e-shift.
The automaker says it’s ready for the era of electrification with the IONIQ5 N, which will likely share the technology. Hyundai gives us a sneak peek into what the IONIQ5 N will look like, wrapped in camouflage at the very end alongside the RN22e and N Vision 74 (a hydrogen hybrid vehicle).