IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup Car Makes Grand Debut

Hyundai Motor unveiled the IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup car during the official practice round for teams participating in the upcoming Hyundai N Festival. This electric racing car, based on the IONIQ 5 N high-performance electric vehicle, is designed for intensive circuit racing with motorsport upgrades.

The IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup car features enhancements such as slick tires, a redesigned body kit, weight reduction measures, and safety improvements tailored for racing circuits. It is part of the Hyundai N Festival's introduction of electric vehicle racing in the eN1 class, aiming to provide a development platform for EV motorsports.

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The car utilizes the power electronics system from the IONIQ 5 N, which includes a more robust powertrain and larger battery capacity. This model builds on Hyundai's Electric Global Modular Platform, incorporating a battery thermal management system and a regenerative braking system.

Designed for the N1 class racing, the IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup car includes enhancements for track performance. The introduction of the eN1 class with open tire regulations allows for competition among various tire brands.

Safety features and aerodynamic improvements have been made to the IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup car to enhance its performance and safety on the track. This includes the application of safety measures and race-specific technologies.

The IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup car boosts track performance and safety for N1 class racing, featuring open tire rules and aerodynamic enhancements

The Hyundai N Festival aims to explore the potential of EV racing, with the IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup car playing a key role in this initiative. This period will focus on testing and refining EV racing techniques, improving safety protocols, and developing the necessary infrastructure for electric racing.

This move highlights Hyundai's commitment to innovation and the potential for high-performance EVs to compete at professional levels, potentially reducing the environmental impact of motorsports. However, the transition to electric racing also poses challenges, including the need for extensive infrastructure development for charging and maintenance, and the current limitations of EV technology in terms of range and performance consistency over long races. Moreover, the success of such initiatives will heavily depend on the acceptance and excitement of both participants and spectators, who are traditionally accustomed to the visceral experience of internal combustion engine racing.

Last month the brand has announced the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N release date to be set for Spring 2024, highlighting its technological enhancements and high-performance attributes. If you are thinking of purchasing the Hyundai Ioniq 5, discover our best EV lease deals guide for the best offer.

Source: Hyundai

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