Hyundai’s next-generation electric sports race car
Hyundai Motor Company introduced the new generation of electrified RM20e Racing Midship sports cars at the 2020 Beijing International Motor Show. The RM nomenclature refers to the N prototype of the model “Race Midship” rear-wheel-drive, midships powertrain configuration, a fundamental design differentiator that delivers ideal handling balance and agility from a low polar moment of inertia.
This RM platform facilitates a “rolling lab” of engineering for testing high-performance technologies, with exceptional connection to the tarmac at all speeds and riding conditions. This inherent balance and grip are also key to helping connect the RM20e’s copious 596 kW (810 horsepower) and 960 Nm (708 lb-ft) of torque to varying road surfaces.
In 2012, Hyundai embarked on Project RM to develop and connect new high-performance motorsport technologies to future N models. Since the launch of Project RM, there has been a gradual evolution of the RM series, including: RM14, RM15, RM16 and RM19.
The Hyundai RM20e succeeds the RM19 announced in November 2019
…and the Veloster eTCR unveiled in September 2019
In 2019, Hyundai’s first electric racing car was developed for the eTCR series of electric passenger cars, the “Veloster N eTCR” which was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. RM models have gradually undergone extensive testing to validate advanced technologies, observe their effective increase in performance, and improve them for application in future N models.
“Our new electrified RM20e forcefully pushes the proven RM platform into a new environmentally focused decade of the 21st century, extending the performance envelope of electrification over normal road environments,” said Albert Biermann, President and Head of Research and Development at Hyundai. Engine group. “The RM20e represents a revolutionary new chapter in electrified performance for the Racing Midship series, and our N engineers continue to gather valuable insights into the realm of zero-emission performance dynamics.”
Featuring a powerful 596 kW (810 horsepower) electric motor with 960 Nm (708 lb-ft) of torque, the RM20e is expected to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (zero-62 mph) in less than three seconds and zero to 200 km/h (zero-124 mph) in 9.88 seconds. The RM20e uses its midships engine placement and rear-wheel-drive layout to achieve the traction required for this level of acceleration. It combines race car levels of performance, balance, braking and grip while maintaining quietness, responsiveness and everyday driving capability for the driver.
Its state-of-the-art electrified powertrain guarantees zero emissions combined with thrilling acceleration. As Hyundai offers a variety of industry-leading electrified powertrain solutions, including HEV, PHEV, BEV and FCEV production powertrains, a full line of electrified powertrains is available for testing in this platform. high-performance sports cars.
Hyundai’s recent investment and strategic partnership with Rimac Automobili facilitated the co-development of the BEV and FCEV prototypes. The electrified RM platform will continue to evolve as this Rimac partnership grows. Additionally, Hyundai Motor Group has established a strategic plan to roll out 44 eco-friendly models by 2025, placing the Hyundai N brand at the forefront of environmental responsibility.
“The RM20e sports car prototype clearly signals the future aspirations of the electrified brand for Hyundai’s N performance brand, moving N into the prestigious genre of supercar-level performance,” said Thomas Schemera, executive vice president and Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group. “Going forward, Hyundai N not only increases drivers’ heart rate per minute with powerful internal combustion engines, but also with the instant torque and environmental sustainability of reliable electrified powertrains. The RM20e proves that N driving excitement will not be compromised, even in electrified model variants.
The ‘N’ in Hyundai N stands for NOTamyang, home to Hyundai’s global R&D center in Korea since 1995, where the N concept was born, and for the NOTürburgring, home to Hyundai’s European test centre. The close connection between Namyang and the Nürburgring laid the foundation for N, drawing on the company’s motorsport experience to bring thrilling road dynamics to customers who really love to drive. The “N” logo itself embodies this idea, as it symbolizes a classic road course chicane.
Hyundai Motor N’s high-performance technologies are perfected on the iconic Nürburgring Nordschleife. Each car participating in Hyundai Motor’s accelerated durability tests will run the track 420 to 480 times in wet and dry conditions, simulating more than 160,934 km (100,000 miles) of intense driving in just four short weeks. The Nürburgring, with 73 bends and 20.9 km (13 miles) of tarmac, is widely regarded as one of the toughest tracks in the world, with an unparalleled heritage. It is also a motorsports complex and houses Hyundai Motor’s own 3,600 square meter test facility, which is operated by the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center.