Text: Brent Co / Photos: Newspress | posted September 30, 2016 07:50
Hyundai N Performance developed i30-based racing concept debuts
Based on Hyundai’s new-generation i30 hatchback, the RN30 concept has been jointly developed by Hyundai Motorsport (HMSG), Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center and Hyundai Motor’s Performance Development & High Performance Vehicle Division. It is the embodiment of the Korean automaker’s desire to compete in the world performance car and motorsport circuit.
"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 our customers can enjoy effortlessly," said Albert Biermann, Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development for Hyundai Motor.
To achieve state-of-the-art light weight bodywork, Hyundai has collaborated with BASF to utilize all-new high-performance plastic materials in lieu of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP). This weight-saving innovation is light, highly durable and environmentally-friendly and is used throughout the new concept to help boost handling and acceleration. The RN30 bases its silhouette from the sleek new i30 hatchback, designers and engineers simply added a more aggressive aerodynamic profile resulting in a wider and lower stance. It now measures 4,340 mm long, 1,950 mm wide and 1,355 mm tall.
Powering the RN30 is a highly tuned 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 engine rated at 380 PS with 451 Nm of torque. Hyundai boasts the use of forged engine internals as well as a larger turbo to achieve the high level of performance. This is mated to a dual-clutch transmission which transfers power to a performance tuned all-wheel drive (AWD) system coupled with an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) system. It is also equipped with an electronic rev-matching system which activates on sport mode and an Electronic Variable Exhaust system.
Inside, the car is fitted with gimbal equipped cameras to record stabilized in-car footage with a roll cage and racing shells as standard. An additional exterior camera is mounted to the centre fin on the roof.
The RN30 follows on the succession of concepts such as the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo, RM15 and RM16 which point towards performance oriented 'N' production models.
Hyundai boasts of their global R&D network to make its latest RN30 concept from Namyang to the Nürburgring and the show floor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. With the N logo said to represent the chicane of a race track — where the balance of cars is proven rigorously.