The Honda Civic Type R better watch out. Hyundai has developed a new track-oriented version of it’s already potent i30 N hot hatchback. Officially called the i30 N Project C, it is essentially a lightweight version of the i30 N fitted with more aggressive aero. How much lighter is it, really? Hyundai claims that the Project C is 50kg lighter than the standard i30 N, which is a significant reduction to its weight.
Majority of the weight loss is attributed to the lightweight 19-inch OZ Racing wheels which provide a total weight savings of 22kg. Together with the new wheels, the i30 N also underwent a carbon fiber diet to lose more poundage. The hood, front splitter, rear diffuser, and side sills are now made of lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). Aside from less weight, the exposed CFRP parts also give the i30 N a more aggressive look.
The weight reduction doesn’t stop with just the exterior. Underneath the car, the rear wheel knuckles are now made from aluminum rather than steel. To help it handle better, new suspension components have been fitted as well. As a result, the i30 N Project C sits 6mm closer to the ground and is more balanced at high speeds.
Inside, Hyundai went the extra mile and even changed out the front seats to lighter Sabelt competition-spec bucket seats with CFRP backings. Aside from weighing less, the new seats will provide better bolstering and support for drivers on track days, and on their daily drive.
Under the hood, the power remains unchanged from the standard i30 N. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine continues to produce 275 PS and overboost torque at 378 Nm similar to the i30 N with Performance Package. No performance figures were revealed; however, the CFRP diet will give Project C better response and faster acceleration times.
Only 600 units of the i30 N Project C will be built. Unfortunately, all 600 are dedicated to European markets only. It is unlikely Hyundai Philippines will be selling one locally. But then again, there's really no harm in asking them, is there?