The RN22e serves as the upcoming 2023 IONIQ 5 N’s test bed.
The N Vision 74 is a gorgeous FCEV concept.
Hyundai’s N Day turned out to be even better than expected. Not only did they reveal the intriguing RN22e concept, which is the IONIQ 5 N’s test bed, but they brought retro- and old-school car fans to their knees with the N Vision 74 concept.
Hyundai’s N subsidiary began operations in 2015 and launched its first model in 2017. Since then, N has been pushing the boundaries of performance to remind their customers how much fun driving should be. The goal of these two “rolling labs” is to demonstrate that, even in the electric future, the N brand will continue to tirelessly pursue its three pillars: corner rascal (tight, perfectly balanced cornering machine), racetrack capability (all N models are built to perform directly on the track) and everyday sportscar (for everyone and every need, not just track days and highways).
Now, as far as we’re concerned, the Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed-1974-Pony-Coupe-concept-inspired N Vision 74 concept needs to see the backside of an assembly line in the near future. Whether or not it should be powered by a hybrid battery-electric combination FCEV system, we’ll leave it up to Hyundai. However, the twin rear motor with true torque vectoring capabilities layout, with its more than 680 horsepower (500 kW) and 665 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque, must remain unchanged.
This most advanced hydrogen fuel cell system ever created by Hyundai N has maximized cooling efficiency. Furthermore, the two different power sources can be used depending on different driving conditions.
The N Vision 74 concept’s highlight is without a doubt its design. At 4,952 mm long, 1,995 mm wide, and 1,331 mm tall on a 2,905 mm wheelbase, the hatchback is large but engaging visually. It combines Hyundai’s design heritage with the electrification era as made evident by the Parametric Pixel lighting also found on the IONIQ 5. The interior features a driver-centric cockpit that blends heritage elements, such as analog buttons, with modern elements such as a digital cluster.
“RN22e and N Vision 74 play an important role in the strategic development of our entire product lineup, especially our electrified, high-performance vehicles,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Customer Experience Division at Hyundai Motor Company. “Rolling labs represent the continuous development of our most advanced technologies. This unique approach makes us ready for the challenges of the future by empowering us to push ourselves to the limit.”
The RN22e concept is a far more realistic rolling concept. It is based on a refined and optimized E-GMP platform that happens to have IONIQ 6 body mounted to it. As is, the RN22e shows the N brand’s future EV performance direction while opening the possibility of a high-performance EV model in the future.
And that future high-performance EV model will be the IONIQ 5 N. The dual electric motor configuration will feature torque vectoring by a twin-clutch setup on each motor. This technology is designed to elevate the corner-carving feel despite the inevitably heavier weight created by the batteries. This same girth is an issue when it comes to braking and cooling.
To curb excess heat, Hyundai has developed cooling techniques for the powertrain components as well as for the battery. In addition, engineers have installed four-piston monoblock calipers and 400mm hybrid front discs on the RN22e. In addition, Hyundai N will use the RN22e to study how to finely tune the built-in regenerative braking system in order to maximize its efficacy in working precisely during cornering.
The RN22e concept’s combined power is 585 horsepower (430 kW) and 546 lb-ft (740 Nm) of torque and the top speed is more than 250 km/h. This is what you can expect from the upcoming IONIQ 5 N! The latter is expected in 2023. We’ll surely find out more in the coming months.