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Hyundai RM20e: Forget F1 – this is the future of top-end motorsport

  • High potential for Hyundai N brand
  • Based on platform for future N brand products
  • Mid-mounted power – 596kW and 960Nm
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BEIJING, China – Hyundai has introduced the next electric RM20e Racing Midship Sport Car at a 2020 Beijing automotive exhibition… its name referring to the N prototype model’s “Racing Midship” rear-drive, midship power train/

It’s said to be a configuration with a fundamental design difference ”that yields handling balance and agility”.

Hyundai says the platform has produced an engineering “rolling laboratory” for testing high-performance technology with outstanding connection to the road at any speed in any driving conditions.

”This inherent balance and grip,” Hyundai adds, ”is also essential to connect the RM20e’s 596kW / 960Nm to varioius road surfaces.

Hyundai, way back in 2012, embarked on project RM to develop and connect new high-performance motorsport technology to future N models. Since then there’s been a progressive evolution of the RM series, including: RM14, RM15, RM16 and RM19. In 2019 the Korean brand’s first electric race car was developed for a battery-car Touring series.

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That was the Veloster N eTCR, unveiled at that year’s Frankfurt auto show. RM models have since undergone extensive testing to validate advanced technology, observe their increased performance, and improve them for application in future N models.

WATCH THE STUNNING RM20e out on the track

Albert Biermann, head of R&D at Hyundai, is said to have pushed the RM platform into a new, and environment-focused, decade by, its said, ”stretching the performance envelope of electrification on normal road environments”.

He added: ”The RM20e has written a revolutionary chapter of electrified performance for the Racing Midship series but our N engineers continue to gather valuable insights in the arena of zero-emissions performance dynamics.”

The cars have ”an explosively powerful” 596kW/960Nm electric motor expected to manage 0-100km/h in less than three seconds and 0-200km/h in less than 10 thanks to is central power unit and rear-wheels drive. Biermann again: ”The RM20e combines race-car performance, balance, braking, and grip while retaining daily-driver quietness, responsiveness, and road capability.”

The RM20e’s design will also be used to test a comprehensive range of electric powertrains and says a recent investment and partnering with Rimac Automobili has led to co-development of BEV and FCEV prototypes. Hyundai says the electric RM platform will continue to evolve under the partnership.

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Further, Hyundai Motor Group has a plan to deploy 44 eco-friendly models through the years to 2025 with the intention of taking the Hyundai N brand to the front of environmental responsibility.

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Thomas Schemera, executive VP and head of product division at Hyundai Motor Group, told The Corner: “The RM20e prototype clearly signals future electric brand aspirations for Hyundai’s performance N brand, moving N into the prestige genre of supercar performance.

The RM20e video can be viewed on the company’s official worldwide YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/hyundainworldwide

“Moving forward, N will not only increases drivers’ heartbeat through powerful internal combustion engines but also through the instantaneous torque and environmental sustainability of electric. The RM20e proves that N driving excitement will not be compromised.”

…AND FOR THE HISTORIANS

THE ‘N’ of Hyundai N stands for Namyang, home to Hyundai’s global R&D centre in Korea since 1995 and birthplace of the N concept, and for the Nürburgring, home to the brand’s test centre.

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N high-performance technology is honed on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Each car, in Hyundai Motors’ accelerated durability tests, will lap about 500 times, rain or shine, to simulate at least 160 000km of severe driving in only four weeks.

The Nürburgring is also a motorsport complex and home to Hyundai Motors’ 3600sq.m test centre.

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