Exceptional racing machine concept from N
The Hyundai N aims for high-performance cars which allow customers to experience the pure pleasure of sports driving. The racing concept model RN30 is an embodiment of these values and will debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The RN30, the design of which is based on the new i30, was created to offer pure driving pleasure on the race track.
With a 2.0-liter turbo engine boasting 380PS and a motorsport-inspired aerodynamic design, the RN30 features progressive technologies which enable the driver to control the car easily and accurately. It truly embodies the Hyundai N concept of a “high-performance car that everybody can enjoy with effortlessly.”
High-performance powertrain boosts driving pleasure
As a racing machine designed for race tracks with harsher conditions than regular roads, the RN30 is equipped with a high-performance 2.0-liter turbo engine, which is under development by Hyundai for the N production models, but which boasts an upgraded performance. To increase the engine output, the size of the turbo has been enlarged, and the engine blocks have been applied the forging parts, instead of casting parts, to increase their durability and resistance to the strong explosions inside the engine. As a result, the RN30 is highly powerful with a maximum output of 380PS and a maximum torque of 46 kgfm.
Furthermore, as the maximum permissible torque range is high, the model is equipped with a wet-type DCT for use in high-performance cars; this works optimally for a high-output engine. The results are quicker responses during gear shifting, direct coupling, and dynamic acceleration capabilities befitting a race car. Not only that, the RN30 also comes with an AWD for enhanced stability when taking frequent turns and driving at high speeds.
Specialized technologies maximize thrill of performance
The RN30 features specialized high-performance technologies designed to increase excitement for drivers and enable them to tame the most challenging of race tracks. Rev-matching encourages spirited driving by quickly and accurately revising the engine’s speed whenever the driver shifts gear while in sport mode. Adding to the sense of thrill for the driver, the Electronic Variable Exhaust system provides a surge of aural pleasure by emitting a strong exhaust sound consistent with the visceral sensations produced by the rapid acceleration.
Other technologies are specifically aimed at enhancing safety and control. The sophisticated electronic limited-slip differential system (eLSD) makes sure each wheel is receives sufficient torque, measuring the driving force of the tires. This helps prevent skidding and ensures fast, precise cornering when navigating high-speed curves – allowing drivers to control this powerful racing machine easily, accurately and confidently.
Engineering focus on lightweight and low center of gravity
When developing the RN30, Hyundai’s designers and engineers established a new approach to reducing weight and lowering the center of gravity. Instead of using carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) common to most high-performance cars, Hyundai broke the mold with all-new high-performance plastic materials, developed in collaboration with leading global chemical company BASF.
These weight-saving innovations are light, highly durable and environmentally-friendly and are used throughout the new concept to help boost handling and acceleration. Inside, redundant parts were removed, while heavier parts sit in the lowest possible position. The center of gravity is lowered further by pushing back and lowering the seats, with all these elements combining to achieve a light weight, ideal for performance driving.
Exterior design formed by high-performance DNA
The silhouette of the RN30 is unmistakably inherited from the clean and cohesive lines of the new i30, but with a lower, wider stance to enable greater stability during high speed driving and cornering. To achieve the more purposeful proportions the width of the RN30 has been increased by 30mm compared to the i30, to 1,950mm. Height has been significantly lowered by 84mm to 1,355mm. Further exterior design details hint at the RN30’s capabilities and accommodate high-performance technologies and aerodynamic enhancements. A ‘floating’ fender over each wheel enhances the visual impact of RN30 and work with the side splitters to improve aerodynamic performance, producing the sensation that the car is being sucked-down onto the track.
The front design features Hyundai’s new signature cascading grill and high-tech headlamps, which creates a strong, aggressive image when combined with the distinctive daytime running lights. The airflow from the front to the rear passes through the mesh cascading radiator grill and the air intake, not only improving downforce but also optimizing cooling for performance driving. On the upper part of the engine hood, a large air outlet hints at the dramatic engine power of the RN30. The large rear spoiler, which generates downforce during high-speed driving, distinguishes the car, giving it aesthetically balanced proportions. Also, a fin placed along the central line of the roof and penetrating the rear spoiler, creates a unique rear look. For optimal and balanced downforce, the car features a large rear diffuser set above centrally-mounted white ceramic twin exhaust pipes, while the 19-inch light-weight alloy wheels complete the car’s dynamic appearance.
Interior design optimized for racing experiences
During the interior design process, RN30 designers and racing experts from Hyundai Motorsport (HMSG) worked together closely to ensure drivers can focus attention exclusively on the car and the road. A bucket seat, which perfectly fits the driver’s body and an integrated roll cage, which increases the vehicle body strength, support and protect the driver in all situations.
To capture the driver’s reactions and dynamic moments while on the road or track, image-stabilizing gimbal cameras are attached inside each A pillar, with an outside camera attached to the center fin on the roof. Drivers can create professional-looking racing footage or present their experiences as if on television, to share their exciting stories with friends.
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