Updated With Video, Tech Specs (below gallery) and Frankfurt reveal images
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Hyundai just dropped four teaser images of its upcoming supercar concept: the N 2025 VGT.
Smartly using the Gran Turismo concept platform to make an actual, real-world prototype! It is surprising that a few of the Vision GT concepts do not appear more on auto show circuits, or even outside their CAD-CAM design files in some cases. Locking the concepts in the game seems like a missed opportunity for real branding, right?
The Hyundai fantasy hypercar will feel very real in the flesh thanks to a spearheading the “N” brand launch. Hyundai’s “N” is set to become like BMW’s M or Lexus’s F.
The Hyundai N sub-brand is teased ever so slightly on the mid-mounted engine cover of the VGT concept. Overall, the one-seat layout, massive vertical fin and overall aerodynamics look like a credible 2017 or 2018 LMP1 or LMP2 car. These are usually some of the fastest in the GT6 game, as in real life.
The N brand for Hyundai is the big news for sporty production cars in the future — perhaps starting with the next Genesis Coupe in the next year or so.
Just as the F for Lexus specials references the Fuji racetrack, the Hyundai N is a nod to the Nurburgring.
Will the new Hyundai N 2025 be zinging around the Green Hell somewhere outside a PlayStation? Frankfurt is just down the road…. so it is definitely possible!
Realistically, the halo hypercar is a statement of intent versus an actual production car. From what we can see, however, the new Hyundai N 2025 VGT might be the coolest Korean supercar concept ever when it launches in a few weeks for the IAA motor show.
Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo Revealed
Ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show to be held from the 17th of September in Germany, Hyundai has revealed the “Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo” and its full scale model. This car will be coming exclusively to PlayStation®’s Gran Turismo video game series.
The Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo powertrain is based on world’s first mass-produced Hyundai hydrogen fuel cell system, highlighting Hyundai Motor’s passion for performance and sustainability. The total system output is 650 kW (871 HP), with the dual fuel cell stacks providing 500 kW (670 HP), and the super capacitor system generating an additional 150 kW (201 HP) by using energy regeneration when braking. This remarkable power is delivered through four high-powered independent in-wheel motors, which provide uncompromised traction and immediate response.
The compact, lightweight fuel cell stacks and rigid CFRP monocoque structure help to keep weight down to 972 kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio that rivals the most exotic supercars in the world. Combined with a low center of gravity, this power and performance sets the car up to perform on the most challenging of race tracks, encapsulating the thrilling premise of N sub-brand cars.
As air flows through Hyundai Motor’s trademark hexagonal grill to the boat-shaped underbody structure, the tube-type underflow air supply duct connected to the rear minimizes pressure to the underbody to produce maximum downforce. In addition, the air brakes activate according to speed and brake usage as well as reduce drag.
Although the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo is based on eco-performance technology, the vehicle will strike a chord with enthusiasts merely by the deep growl of its powertrain. The sounds from the air blower’s turbine that spins at around 200,000 rpm, the unique frequency of fuel cell stacks, the purging sound from the hydrogen cooling system and the high-pitched in-wheel motor harmoniously combine to produce a distinct race car rumble, further thrilling the driver.
The Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo’s design concept draws inspiration from aeronautics and from the tests performed at Rogers Dry Lake (formerly Muroc Dry Lake) where pilots and astronauts trained, risking their lives for the pursuit of space travel. This innovative and audacious spirit was the main motif for the design of the car.
Inspired by aeronautics and formed by speed, the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo looks like a jet fighter on wheels that blurs the line between air and asphalt. Hyundai Motor designed this car to appear more like a crafted machine for grounded aeronautics. So, the car actually looks like it is floating.
Furthermore, Hyundai Motor’s Sound Design Research Lab designed a unique racing car sound system for fuel-cell based cars to maximize the emotional delight of this highly-spirited yet eco-friendly model. Armed with all of this future technology, the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo truly represents the potential of Hyundai N product’s sporting future.
Hyundai Motor’s New High Performance Sub-brand ‘N’ Takes Center Stage at Frankfurt Motor Show
• The sub-brand N will build new momentum for an exciting driving performance and provide emotional driving experience for customers
• The latest motorsport challenger and two dynamic concepts will also be introduced at the Motor Show
August 26, 2015 – Hyundai Motor will showcase its high performance sub-brand N at the Frankfurt International Motor Show 2015. The result of intensive testing and product development, the sub-brand N builds on Hyundai Motor’s successful motorsport experiences and technology capability to drive future performance-oriented and race-track-capable models forward and bring ‘the most thrilling winding road’ fun to customers who truly love cars.
The N builds on not just Hyundai Motor’s continued advancement as a primary competitor in World Rally Championship (WRC) but also on the company’s dedication and investment to create striking and pioneering high performance cars. It capitalizes on Hyundai Motor’s fast-growing strength and signifies the pace of change within the brand, matching the company’s ambition to challenge perceptions by making real and emotional connections with customers.
Highlighting Hyundai Motor’s passion for performance and engineering competency, a preview of the New Generation i20 WRC car will appear on stage during the motor show to demonstrate Hyundai Motor’s performance ambition.
Based on the New Generation i20, the rally car is the first prototype for the vehicle that will challenge for the podium in the 2016 WRC. Already undergoing a punishing testing, engineering and development regime, the new car is building up to its final rally-specification ahead of its debut at the start of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship at Rallye Monte Carlo.
Furthermore, an ultimate concept car showing the brand’s perspective on future performance characteristics will be introduced during the Motor Show. The ‘Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo’* concept highlights sustainable technology and race car design, truly representing the future potential of Hyundai N. Through this new concept, Hyundai Motor is engaging further with its fans and the online community by making Hyundai’s passion and performance accessible to millions of people around the world.
In addition, the Hyundai RM15 concept car will be displayed, representing the company’s passion for performance and suggesting how the Hyundai N driver-focused technologies could come into production. The mid-engine concept, with a 2.0-liter 300ps engine, is undergoing further developments to apply high-performance technology to Hyundai Motor cars in many exciting ways.
Hyundai Motor’s press conference will take place in Hall 6 at 11:30 (CET) on Tuesday 15th September 2015.
* Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo: This concept is a new project by Hyundai Motor to be coming exclusively to PlayStation®’s Gran Turismo video game series.
About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company, which leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars, offers top-quality best-sellers such as Elantra, Sonata and Genesis. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2014, sold 4.96 million vehicles globally. With almost 100,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell.
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