Korean automotive giant Hyundai has launched the company’s new high-performance N sub-brand at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show by unveiling the ultimate concept car, the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo.
Looking to leverage its involvement in Motorsport, specifically, Hyundai Motor’s World Rally Championship (WRC) participation, the Korean carmaker aims to “bring winding road fun to customers who love cars”.
Created exclusively for Sony PlayStation’s globally popular Gran Turismo video game series, the concept car’s powertrain is based on the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell system.
Total output is 650kW, with the dual fuel cell stacks generating 500kW and the super capacitor unit producing another 150kW from energy regeneration under braking.
Power is delivered through four separate in-wheel motors, providing maximum traction right from the get-go.
The lightweight fuel-cell stacks and carbon-fibre monocoque help keep the car’s weight down to just 972kg.
Hyundai also claims that the Vision Gran Turismo concept emits a deep growl that will strike a chord with enthusiasts.
The company says that growl is drawn from a combination of the sounds from the air blower’s turbines spinning at 200,000rpm, the frequency of the fuel stacks, the expelling sound from the hydrogen cooling system, and the high-pitched sound from the in-wheel motors, which combine to produce a race car-like rumble.
According to Albert Biermann, Hyundai’s Head of Performance Development and High Performance Vehicle Division, Hyundai N will look to create “striking and pioneering high-performance cars.”
“By revealing this exciting high-performance sub-brand N to our customers, we’re changing and challenging expectations of the Hyundai brand. Drivers will soon experience the thrills and emotions of our proven motorsport prowess for themselves. Our future model line-up will include performance-orientated and race-track-capable cars”, said Biermann.
The earlier RM15 (Racing Midship 2015) concept, below, offers a further hint to the direction of Hyundai’s N performance cars.
The car features an aluminium spaceframe, covered by carbon-fibre reinforced plastic panels for reduced weight and maximum stiffness.
The result is a car that tips the scales at 1260kg – a saving of 195kg over an all-steel structure.
The mid-engine set-up means a 43 per cent front, 57 per cent rear chassis balance, while the centre of gravity is just 491mm from the ground. Aerodynamic downforce is a claimed 124kg at 200 km/h.
Power comes from Hyundai’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged GDI engine, tuned to produce 221kW at 6000rpm through a six-speed manual transmission mounted behind the two-seat cabin and ahead of the rear axle.
The N logo is based on the company’s slogan ‘Ngaged: Moment of Pure Connection Between the Car and Driver’, and is intended to become the basis for Hyundai’s future performance-focused vehicles.