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The powered-up Hyundai RN30 high-performance concept car has been revealed at the 2016 Paris motor show, following the release of a shadowy teaser last week.

Based on the new third-generation 2017 Hyundai i30, the RN30 is a look into the future of Hyundai’s performance ‘N’ range, which is expected to kick off with the i30 N.

The meaty and powerfully styled sports car concept vehicle was built collaboratively between Hyundai Motorsport (HMSG), Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC) and Hyundai Motor’s Performance Development and High Performance Vehicle Division.

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Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, the RN30 concept vehicle produces a mammoth 280kW of power and 451Nm of torque. Torque is sent through a dual-clutch automatic transmission, mated to an all-wheel drive drivetrain.

A full 30mm wider than the production i30 at 1950mm, the vehicle also sits significantly lower at 1355mm (some 84mm lower than the regular i30).

Its design features a ‘floating’ fender over each wheel with side splitters designed to enhance aerodynamics.

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Hyundai’s head of vehicle testing and high performance development, Albert Biermann, said that the RN30 concept brings with it a raft of technologies that Hyundai is able to push through to its upcoming i30N performance hatch.

“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,” said Biermann.

“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.”

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Weight reduction comes courtesy of the use of lightweight plastics, which were used instead of carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer.

According to Hyundai, the material was co-developed with material experts BASF (you might remember their cassette tapes), in addition to heavier parts of the car being kept at a low centre of gravity.

A mesh cascading radiator grille at the front improves downforce, but also helps cool the high-performance four cylinder engine.

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At the rear, a large spoiler provides a huge amount of downforce, while 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels and a ceramic twin-exhaust system lets the engine breath.

Inside the cabin, the radical design focus continues on the driver with bucket seats, a roll cage and a host of instruments relaying critical vehicle information.

If it were to ever hit production, drivers keen to hit the track with this car would be able to utilise a roof-mounted camera, along with dual-gimbal cameras that allow the driver to record their track driving experience.

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The i30N performance hatch is expected to go on sale next year, with a huge portion of its development work conducted at the holy grail of race tracks, the Nurburgring.

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