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Hyundai launches electrified 596 kW RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car

Hyundai Motor Company today introduced the next-generation electrified RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car to the world at the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2020. The RM nomenclature refers to the N prototype model’s “Racing Midship” rear-drive, midship powertrain configuration, a fundamental design differentiator that yields ideal handling balance and agility from a low polar-moment of inertia.

This RM platform provides an engineering “rolling lab” for testing high performance technologies, with outstanding connection to the tarmac at all speeds and driving conditions. This inherent balance and grip is also essential to help connect RM20e’s copious 596 kW and 960 Nm of torque to variable road surfaces.

Hyundai embarked on project RM in 2012 to develop and connect new high-performance motorsports technologies with future N models. There has been a progressive evolution of the RM series since the initiation the project, including RM14, RM15, RM16 and RM19. In 2019, Hyundai’s first electric race car – the Veloster N eTCR – was developed for the eTCR electric touring car series and unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. RM models have undergone extensive testing to validate advanced technologies, observe their effective increase in performance, and to improve them for application in future N models.

“Our new electrified RM20e pushes the proven RM platform forcefully into a new, environmentally-focused decade of the 21stcentury, stretching the performance envelope of electrification on normal road environments,” said Albert Biermann, president and head of the Research and Development Division at the Hyundai Motor Group. “The RM20e represents a revolutionary new chapter of electrified performance for the Racing Midship series, and our N engineers continue to garner valuable insights about zero-emission performance dynamics.”

Featuring an explosively powerful 596 kW electric motor with 960 Nm of torque, the RM20e is expected to yield superb blasts from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds and 0 to 200 km\h at 9,88 seconds. The RM20e uses its midship-based motor placement and rear-drive layout to achieve the traction required for this level of acceleration. RM20e combines race-car levels of performance, balance, braking and grip while retaining the quietness, responsiveness and road-going capability for daily driving.

The RM20e’s electrified powertrain combines zero emissions with thrilling acceleration. As Hyundai boasts an industry-leading variety of electrified propulsion solutions, including production HEV, PHEV, BEV and FCEV powertrains, a full spectrum of electrified powertrains are available for testing in this high-performance sports car platform.

Hyundai’s recent investment and strategic partnership with Rimac Automobili has enabled co-development of both BEV and FCEV prototypes. The electrified RM platform will continue to evolve along with the growth of this RIMAC partnership. The Hyundai Motor Group has also set a strategic plan to deploy 44 eco-friendly models by 2025, taking the Hyundai N brand into the forefront of environmental responsibility.

“The RM20e sports car prototype clearly signals future electrified brand aspirations for Hyundai’s performance N brand, moving N into the prestigious genre of supercar-level performance,” said Thomas Schemera, executive vice president and head of Product Division at the Hyundai Motor Group. “Moving forward, Hyundai N not only increases drivers’ heartbeats per minute via powerful internal combustion engines, but also through the instantaneous 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’ of Hyundai N stands for Namyang, home to Hyundai’s global research and development centre in South Korea since 1995, where the N concept was born, and for the Nürburgring, home to Hyundai’s European Test Centre. The close connection between Namyang and the Nürburgring created the foundation for N, building upon the company’s motorsport experience to bring thrilling road dynamics for those customers who truly love driving. The ‘N’ logo itself embodies this idea, as it symbolizes a classic road course chicane.

Hyundai Motor N’s high-performance technologies are honed at the iconic Nürburgring Nordschleife. Each car taking part in Hyundai Motor’s accelerated durability tests will lap the track 420 to 480 times in both wet and dry conditions, simulating over 160 000 km of severe driving in just four weeks. The Nürburgring, with 73 corners and 20,9 km of tarmac, is one of the most challenging tracks in the world, with a heritage that is second to none. It is also a motorsport complex and home to Hyundai Motor’s own 3 600 square meter testing centre, which is operated by the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre.