Based on the recently unveiled Hyundai Ioniq 6, the RN22e is Hyundai's latest racecar concept, and it definitely shows Hyundai's heading for an electric racing future.
Through its performance N sub-brand, Hyundai has revealed its electric vision for motorsport, while simultaneously demonstrating its commitment to the future of zero-emissions technologies. The RN22e is part of Hyundai's "rolling lab" concepts, designed to showcase Hyundai's aims and ambitions on its journey to an electric future, and to further develop and verify technologies that can be further transferred to other N models.
Built upon the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the RN22e is powered by two electric motors, one at the front and another at the rear, with a combined power figure of 576 horsepower and 740 Nm of torque, and a quoted top speed of "over 250km/h". Battery capacity is rated at 77.4 kW, with the same 800V recharging capability as the Ioniq 6.
The RN22e's two electric motors give it all-wheel drive capability, together with excellent grip and superb acceleration. Additionally, the all-wheel drive capability of the RN22e also allows for optimised torque distribution, with different drive modes allowing the driver to select how much power is sent to the front and rear axles.To further enhance its on-track capabilities, the RN22e is also fitted with an electronic limited slip differential (e-LSD), or the "Corner Carving Differential", as defined by Hyundai. This e-LSD is capable of torque vectoring, allowing power to be sent to the wheel with the most grip. The brakes have also been improved upon to handle the RN22e's capabilities, with 400mm discs and four-piston callipers fitted as standard.
With the RN22e's shape being based heavily upon the Ioniq 6, Hyundai has been able to utilise the Ioniq 6's aerodynamic features while achieving a design with a wide and stable stance. Together, this allows for a aerodynamically efficient design while also providing fulfilling the cooling requirements demanded by a car that is destined for motorsports.While the RN22e is still a concept car for now, there is no word if Hyundai will put it into production in the near future. However, it still remains as an exciting example of what can be done to a regular production car to possibly make it ready for the rigours of motorsport.
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