Hyundai N’s mid-engine supercar reportedly canceled

There is no longer a query as as to whether Hyundai was growing a mid-engine supercar: It was.

Nevertheless it now not is, and that challenge has reportedly been canceled as a result of projected value of $150,000. Would folks have paid that value for a Hyundai? Perhaps, however the automaker’s executives have been weary given the acceptance and market adoption of the budget-focused N lineup at the moment on sale.

On Wednesday, High Gear reported affirmation the challenge was certainly alive and being labored on after talking with N division boss Albert Biermann. The chief additionally confirmed the challenge’s demise.

“We have been engaged on an N supercar,” Biermann instructed the outlet.

The automotive by no means obtained a reputation and was merely referred to internally as “The Chairman’s Automobile,” in line with Biermann.

Designed round a carbon-fiber tub chassis with a mid-engine structure, the automotive was created from the get-go to simply accept both a gasoline or hybrid powertrain. A hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain was additionally a risk.

Hyundai RM19 prototype

Hyundai RM19 prototype

In 2019 Hyundai revealed a mid-engine sports activities automotive prototype dubbed the RM19. It was mentioned to symbolize a improvement platform for future N model merchandise together with a potential halo automotive. The mid-engine supercar was that halo automotive.

On the time, Government Vice President and head of Hyundai Motor Group’s Product Division Thomas Schemera mentioned, “The RM19 sports activities automotive alerts future model aspirations for Hyundai’s high-performance N model, solidly shifting N into the celebrated enviornment of supercar-level efficiency.”

The RM19 was powered by a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter turbo-4 ripped from the Hyundai TCR i30N race automotive and tuned to make someplace between 360 and 390 hp. Energy went to the rear wheels by way of a 6-speed direct-shift gearbox.

Hyundai RM19 prototype

Hyundai RM19 prototype

Motor Authority drove the automotive in 2019 and located it was merely sensible. Secure at velocity, prepared to carry a line by way of turns, and fast to alter instructions, the RM19 needed to push into corners, may get tail-happy, and the brakes wanted higher preliminary chew and better pedal journey.

The RM challenge dated again to 2012 with the automotive itself biking by way of RM14, RM15, RM17, and RM19 iterations. The numbers within the names referred to the 12 months during which every was constructed.

Hyundai deliberate to construct an RM20 mannequin and exchange the two.0-liter turbo-4 within the RM19 with both a 2.3- or 2.5-liter turbo-4. The 6-speed transmission was going to be swapped for the automaker’s 8-speed, wet-clutch, dual-clutch gearbox.

As a substitute the RM20e was revealed in 2020. The Veloster-based midship prototype was powered by 4 electrical motors linked to the wheels by way of a single-speed transmission. It was all powered by a 60-kwh battery and 800-volt electrical structure. Hyundai mentioned the prototype may dash from 0-60 mph in lower than 3.0 seconds and had a prime velocity of 155 mph.

Hyundai RM19 prototype

Hyundai RM19 prototype

Biermann instructed MA in 2019 the RM19’s chassis featured a novel rear subframe to mount a midship engine together with new double-wishbone rear suspension. The chief confirmed a manufacturing model of a mid-engine supercar would use the chassis.

The ultimate design for the automotive was not locked in again in 2019, in line with Biermann.

When requested by High Gear if the mid-engine automotive could be Hyundai’s reply to the NSX, Biermann mentioned, “Positive, however not boring.”

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