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Hyundai Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup Car Marks Brand’s Entry Into EV Racing

The Korean carmaker will feature the Ioniq 5 N eN1 at the Hyundai N Festival motorsports event on April 27.

The debut of the fire-breathing Hyundai Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup Car is a sign that the brand aims to enter the sustainable racing domain in the future. Essentially, Hyundai wants to test its cutting-edge technologies and boundaries of what EVs can accomplish on the racetrack. Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup Car is a top-class racing car for professional drivers competing in the N1 class. This EV won’t be allowed to be driven on public roads.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup Car Rear Profile
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup Car Rear Profile

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Hyundai Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup Car

Based on the same E-GMP platform as the regular Ioniq 5 and performance-focused Ioniq 5 N, the Ioniq 5 N eN1 makes use of the same power electronics (PE) as the latter. The Ioniq 5 N is a high-performance EV from Hyundai, which takes forward the legacy of the N Division into the electric era. Leveraging Hyundai’s E-GMP architecture, robust thermal management system and strong regenerative braking system, the Ioniq 5 N eN1 is designed for high power output and high durability for intensive circuit driving using slick tires.

Since safety plays a key role in any racing scenario, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup Car will come with essential safety elements, such as roll cages, racing bucket seats, seat belts, fire extinguishers exclusively for electric fires, asphyxiation fire extinguishers and modified charge port location. The specifications include:

  • Motor – Front 166 kW / 226 PS, Rear 282 kW / 383 PS (Total – 650 PS)
  • 84.0 kWh Battery
  • Silicon carbide two-stage inverter
  • 800V, 400V multi-charging system
  • Maximum charge speed – 350 kW
  • Charge time – 10 to 80% 18 minutes (under optimal conditions)
  • Two-way adjustable dampers
  • Ride height and camber adjustable
  • 6P front, 4P rear forged calipers brakes
  • 18” motorsport slick tires
  • 18” 11J forged wheels
  • High downforce motorsport aero kit and wide fenders
  • Total Weight – 1,970 kg (4,343 lbs)

The dedicated Ioniq 5 N technologies incorporate:

  • N e-Shift
  • N Active Sound+ (enhanced)
  • N Grin Boost
  • N Battery Preconditioning
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup Car Side Profile
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup Car Side Profile

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Learn Electric Cars Says

One might think that Hyundai Motor Company is spreading itself thin with constant innovations in IC engines, electric powertrains, hybrid engines, alternative fuels and performance EVs like the N Division and now, the Cup Car. However, looking at the way things are going for the Korean automobile giant, these endeavours are paying off. Its Ioniq range of EVs has received immense applause from critics and consumers alike.

The N Division has been successful since its inception. It remains to be seen how the Ioniq 5 N is accepted by the buyers going forward. We know that the N version of the Ioniq 6 in is the works and will arrive in the next few months. Amidst all this, the news of the Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup Car is an unequivocal sign that Hyundai has no plans of slowing down. It wants to electrify every aspect of mobility. With this, the car marque is sure to create a significant lead from the rest of the legacy carmakers, who are still struggling to execute the transition for the most part.