Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Hyundai Press | posted April 06, 2015 14:37
Hyundai goes mid-engine with the lightweight RM 15 concept car
Hyundai recently showed something special for this year's Seoul Motor Show as the company has just unveiled the RM 15 concept car (Racing Midship 2015), a lightweight, high-performance two-seater coupe that features an aluminum spaceframe, carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body panels and a turbocharged Theta powerplant.
Based on the Veloster RM that the automaker showed last year at the Busan International Motor Show, the RM 15 weighs in at 1,260 kg, 195kg lighter compared to a typical all-steel structure according to Hyundai. Providing better stiffness to the structure of the RM 15 are an integrated front and rear subframe and a WRC-inspired roll cage.
In terms of appearance, the RM 15 resembles the recently refreshed Veloster which features restyled headlights, new grill design and a defined character line on the side profile of the car. Unique to the RM 15 are its: fixed rear wing, wide bodykit, rear wheel arch air vents and 19-inch mono block forged alloy wheels.
As stated earlier, it is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four Theta engine that cranks out 300 PS at 6,000 rpm along with a torque pull of 383 Nm that is readily available at 2,000 rpm. With a power-to-weight ratio of 238 PS per ton and a 6-speed manual gearbox, it can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds.
“The RM15 is another bold statement of the progressive spirit of Hyundai Motor, illustrating what we can achieve when we channel our passion and enthusiasm into a product that is not limited by convention,” said Joonhong Park, Senior Vice President and Head of High Performance Vehicle Development Center, Hyundai Motor Group.