Fuel efficiency and going the distance may not be among the things that immediately come to mind when one mentions SEMA. But that hasn’t dissuaded Hyundai from what it has already set its mind out to do as we’re learned that the automaker will debut its newest creation dubbed as the HyperEconiq Ioniq Concept at the said show. From the name alone, it’s sure to be based on the Ioniq hybrid.
To make this hybrid version excellent in every possible way, and to squeeze out the maximum number of mpgs from the Ioniq, the Korean automaker had to work together with Canadian firm Bisimoto Engineering. Aside from aerodynamic tweaks, the vehicle received friction reduction modifications as well as mechanical adjustments.
The HyperEconiq Ioniq Concept will take the Ioniq where it has always been expected to go, minus sacrificing its drivability, according to Bisi Ezerioha, president of Bisimoto Engineering. He further says that they have a number of technical elements that not only help bring efficiency, but also raise aerodynamics and design to the highest level.
Some of these changes include a Bisimoto pulse-chamber exhaust system, Racepack OBD monitoring electrics, aluminum brake calipers, Recaro seats, NGK spark plugs and ARP wheel studs. How some of these mechanical bits aid with better fuel mileage is exactly common knowledge. And it’s not entirely established what the purpose is of “optimized inertial supercharging during valvetrain overlap”. We just know that the HyperEconiq Ioniq Concept has it, along with the “enhanced e-generators”.
However, we do get the purpose of some of the features, like the one-piece 19-inch carbon fiber wheels wrapped in low-rolling resistance tires for less friction. Speaking of friction, the HyperEconiq Ioniq runs on low-friction synthetic oil.
For a lowered ride and improved alignment, it had been given a coilover suspension in the aerodynamic department. The body kit includes a front splitter, side splitter, a rear wing, and skirts for the rear wheels.
We are assuming that everything that has been mentioned works because the HyperEconiq Ioniq has been rated with over 80 mpg according to Bisimoto. Having said that, Hyundai has not confirmed whether the production Iconiq model will have all these components, individually or as a package deal. By the end of the month, you can check out the show car at 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The cars typically exhibited at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (or SEMA) are one-offs with unique bodykits or vehicles that have some modified powertrain. In other words, they showcase vehicles that have gone through the aftermarket scene. That’s why it is a bit surprising why Hyundai is bringing a fuel-efficient vehicle instead here. Well, we’ll know the company’s reasons soon enough.