Hyundai debuts IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup car

Hyundai has unveiled the IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup car at official practice for participating teams in its upcoming N Festival motorsports event. This unique electric racer is based on the brand’s high performance EV.

Signalling the start of a new era in sustainable racing, the IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup car utilises the same power electronics (PE) system as the production model, which boasts a stronger powertrain and higher battery capacity than the base model.

The IONIQ 5 N is the brand’s first high-performance EV, with powerful acceleration and high-power output of up to 478kW, ideal for intensive circuit driving. It sits on the E-GMP platform, with a robust thermal management system and strong regenerative braking.

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Like the existing Avante (Elantra) N1 class, the IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup car is a top-class racing car for professional drivers, with enhanced circuit performance using slick tyres. The new eN1 class, to be introduced this year, will operate under open regulations.

The IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup car also features a redesigned body kit. It has low and wide-style over-fenders, wider wheel trajectories for improved handling, increased downforce from front lips and rear wings, and improved aerodynamic performance.

It is also lighter as unnecessary components were removed to reduce the basic weight of the race car, and forged wheels, FRP hood and polycarbonate windows were applied. Spectators will be able to enjoy the exciting sounds delivered by NGB over boost too.

Virtual shift (N e-Shift), and differentiated and amplified NAS+ (N Active Sound) will also feature, with each race team being able to develop their own unique sounds. For enhanced safety measures, the IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup car is equipped with essential racing components.

This includes roll cages, racing bucket seats and seat belts. Additional safety measures, including fire extinguishers exclusively for electric fires, asphyxiation fire extinguishers and a modified charge port location, have been implemented.

The Hyundai N Festival is the largest one-make race series for professional athletes in Korea. The eN1 class features race-only vehicles that cannot be driven on public roads, and its presence in the upcoming season will serve as a trial period for EV racing.

The eN1 Cup car will be tested and improved through the harsh motorsport environment in the Proto stage. This season will also provide an opportunity for race teams, drivers, and marshals to learn about and develop the EV racing competition.

Additionally, charging-related infrastructure, fire response measures and emergency response will be further developed during this trial season. The Hyundai N Festival will kick off with the opening round at Inje Speedium on April 27.

The eN1 class will have its official practice during the opening round, followed by 10 races in the fifth round. The competition format will vary, including one-on-one knockout races and traditional sprint races.

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