Hyundai reveals video of new IONIQ 5 N high-performance prototype electric vehicle (EV) in action

Hyundai Motor Company have revealed details about the extreme winter testing of their IONIQ 5 N electric car. This is the first high-performance, mass-production all-electric N brand model at the Hyundai Mobis Proving ground in Arjeplog, Sweden. IONIQ 5 N is planned to debut in July 2023 as N brand’s first high-performance mass-production electric vehicle (EV), further accelerating Hyundai’s electrification future.

Given its location adjacent to the Arctic Circle, the Hyundai Mobis Proving ground in Arjeplog offers everything an automaker needs for comprehensive winter testing, such as low-grip coefficient icy surfaces and deep sub-zero temperatures as low as -30°C (-22°F). 

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This allows Hyundai N engineers to test new models, such as the IONIQ 5 N, in the most extreme low friction conditions. This allows them to achieve the optimal balance between the car’s responsive ‘fun-to-drive’ character and its ability to perform safely and predictably in sub-zero conditions.

For IONIQ 5 N, Hyundai Motor has combined the EV’s Electrified-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) with N’s motorsport-bred technologies and expertise to raise the bar for electrified high performance. This will set the stage for what is sure to become the true driving enthusiast’s choice for a year-round performance EV.

Hyundai has released the video below that depicts the IONIQ 5 N drifting toe-to-toe with the Hyundai Motorsport’s i20 N WRC Rally 1 car. The scene is set in blue hour symbolising the beginning of a new era for N brand as it evolves one step further to the electrified era.

Till Wartenberg, N Brand Management & Motorsport sub-division at Hyundai Motor Company vice president, said: “Just as our N models are honed at the sharp corners of the Nürburgring, our N models are also honed at the sharp corners and icy surfaces of our proving ground in Arjeplog, ensuring maximum performance in the most extreme winter conditions.

“We’re proud to demonstrate the IONIQ 5 N perfectly meets our broad performance criteria, ensuring N Brand success as our first EV production N model.”

The motorsport-inspired three pillars of N performance — corner rascal, racetrack capability and everyday sportscar — have long applied to N’s electrification strategy. In 2015, N brand established its vision of a sustainable future for the next generation of driving enthusiasts by showing the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo. 

N’s electrification strategy began with the RM20e prototype and Veloster N ETCR race car. Last year, N brand introduced the RN22e, a rolling lab designed to communicate a transfer of N’s electrification experience to the brand’s first production EV, IONIQ 5 N, slated for launch later this year.

Albert Biermann, Hyundai Motor Group executive technical advisor, said: “Our electric transition was spearheaded by the race-proven Veloster N ETCR and we sought to bridge motorsport technology to the road with the RN22e.

“Now it is time to bring all this promise to our beloved customers and I am confident IONIQ 5 N will be able to deliver. We’ve been able to demonstrate IONIQ 5 N’s capability to provide driving fun even in the harshest conditions of Arjeplog, Sweden.”

For IONIQ 5 N, N brand engineers have optimised IONIQ 5’s E-GMP’s dual-motor architecture for high performance in all driving conditions, even the frozen ice lakes of Arjeplog. They have achieved this with know-how transfer of all-surface AWD capabilities demonstrated by the Hyundai i20 N WRC Rally 1 car in Sweden.

IONIQ 5 N will be the first N brand production vehicle with all-wheel drive (AWD). N’s AWD story began in 2015 through competition in the World Rally Championship (WRC). Over eight years of WRC participation, Hyundai has earned numerous accolades, including two world championships.

Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 N high-performance electric car

With e-LSD specifically tuned for IONIQ 5 N, the electronic control unit monitors input from wheel sensors to accurately identify when a certain wheel needs extra torque to enhance overall vehicle grip. That means e-LSD improves handling during cornering and high-speed driving on the racetrack as well as during adverse driving conditions, such as slick ice and deep snow. 

IONIQ 5 N’s corner-carving capability is further bolstered by the N Drift Optimiser. This  integrates front and rear torque distribution, torque rate, suspension stiffness, steering effort and the e-LSD (electronic-Limited Slip Differential) system to create a driving mode dedicated to drifting. It helps drivers of all skill levels to enjoy drifting and it is designed with particular care for drivers who are entering the sport of drifting for the first time.

The e-LSD, designed specifically for the IONIQ 5 N, provides quicker response and accuracy which are especially important considering the faster-reacting torque delivery of EVs compared to ICE vehicles.

In addition, IONIQ 5 N uses N Torque Distribution that is optimised for different drive modes. This allows the driver to select the torque level for both the front and rear wheels. N Torque Distribution and e-LSD work together to distribute power to all four wheels in varying ratios and are specifically designed to quickly respond to the instantaneous and seamless power delivery inherent in EVs.

The IONIQ 5 N electric car taking on the Hyundai i20 N WRC Rally 1 car 
Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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