Hyundai presents electric race car based on the Ioniq 5 N

Hyundai has unveiled the Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup, an electric racing car developed for a new racing series called the eN1 class. The Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup uses the drive system of the regular Ioniq 5 N, but has several modifications for the race track.

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According to Hyundai, these changes for racing include slick tyres, a redesigned body kit and various lightweight construction measures. Safety has also been increased, for example, with a roll cage around the driver in the interior, racing bucket seats and special seat belts. A fire extinguishing system for electrical fires has also been installed, and the position of the charging port has been changed. In the production model, it is next to the right rear light. However, in racing, that spot is more prone to damage during racing duels or accidents.

The drive and electronics architecture are taken from the series model. Therefore, the Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup also has a peak output of 478 kW, of which the electric motor on the front axle contributes 166 kW and the one on the rear axle 282 kW. Thanks to improved cell chemistry, the battery has an energy content of 84 kWh. This battery version was first introduced in the Ioniq 5 N, but is now also offered in other street-legal variants.

However, the redesigned body kit gives the Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup a completely different look to the original model. The crossover concept can still be seen in the Ioniq 5 N. At the same time, the racing car looks significantly flatter and more aggressive with its low and broad wings, wider wheel arches and aerodynamic measures such as the large front splitter or rear wing. In addition to the sporty look, these measures contribute to improved handling and more downforce.

The Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup will be used in racing series in accordance with the eN1 regulations, which will be introduced this year. The “Group N” rules designate a specific class in motorsport organised by the FIA, which is based on large-series passenger cars. Depending on the level, various modifications to the production model are permitted, such as lowering the suspension, widening the track and adding slick tyres. The eN1 class will also make this possible for electric production cars.

“We are incredibly proud to unveil the IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup car, demonstrating our commitment to sustainable racing,” says Till Wartenberg, Vice President and Head of N Brand & Motorsport. “This unique electric racing car demonstrates our cutting-edge technology and passion for pushing the boundaries of what EVs can achieve on the racetrack.”

Incidentally, the racing version will also carry over a feature from the Ioniq 5 N that is controversial among eMobility fans: the sound generator for customised driving sounds. “Spectators will be able to enjoy the exciting sounds delivered by NGB overboost, virtual shift (N e-Shift), and differentiated and amplified NAS+ (N Active Sound), with each race team being able to develop their own unique sounds,” Hyundai writes.


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