The Frankfurt Motor Show is known to many as the event where automakers often introduce the new concept cars. For 2015, Hyundai took a different step and introduced to the world what it expects in terms of performance characteristics for its future offerings.
Inspired mainly by the N, Hyundai revealed during the show its ‘Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo’ concept. Interested buyers though will have to wait as the Hyundai N will only be available exclusively for players of the PlayStation’s Gran Turismo video game series.
Hyundai N’s powertrain is mainly based on what can be considered as the first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell system in the world. Its dual fuel cell stacks can generate power of 500 kW or 670 HP while the super capacitor system gives an extra 150 kW of power or 201 HP, resulting in total output of 650 kW or 871 HP.
The capacitor system is able to generate that extra amount of power by regenerating energy when braking. This amazing amount of power is supplied by the four independent high-powered in-wheel motors that also provide uncompromised traction.
Since it uses the lightweight and compact fuel cell stacks with the firm CFRP monocoque structure, the weight is kept at a 972 kg level. Its power-to-weight ratio is more than equal to major exotic supercars worldwide.
Adding in a lower center of gravity, this gives the Hyundai N the performance and power that can make it perform well in even the most challenging race tracks. This sums up the very exciting premise of Hyundai’s N series.
The structure of the Hyundai N also aids in its performance. The air for instance flows through the iconic hexagonal grille to its underbody boat-shaped structure, and with the air supply tube-type underflow duct being connected to its rear, this allows for the pressure to be minimized on the underbody in order to create maximum downforce.
Further, the air brakes are activated depending on the speed and its usage, reducing drag as well. While the Hyundai N is founded on the use of eco-performance technology, the powertrain’s noise tells a much different story. Anyone who drives the Hyundai N will likely hear the engine’s unique race car roar.
This particular sound is the result of combining the sound produced from the hydrogen cooling system, the high pitch of the in-wheel motor, frequency of the fuel cell stacks, and finally the sound that comes from the air blower’s turbine which spins at about 200,000rpm.
The Hyundai N inspires both speed and aeronautics. This is the reason why it looks similar to a jet fighter on the road, blurring the line between asphalt and air.
As a matter of fact, Hyundai Motor designed it to make it look as if it was floating. The Hyundai N’s innovative design and use of sustainable technology are simply Hyundai’s way of showing the global online community its plans for the future.