Offenbach, 6 November 2023 – Hyundai N's first EV, IONIQ 5 N, elevates driving fun to new heights, adhering to the three pillars of N performance – Corner Rascal, Racetrack Capability and Everyday Sportscar – by leveraging motorsport-bred technologies and years of electrified ‘Rolling Lab’ development. It heralds a new era of high-performance driving, redefining the thrill of electric driving on road and track (without compromising eco-conscious values).
The journey started with a clear concept and vision. In 2015, N brand established its vision of a sustainable future for the next generation of driving enthusiasts by showing the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo. N’s electrification strategy began with the RM20e prototype and Veloster N ETCR race car. In 2022, N brand introduced the RN22e, a rolling lab designed to communicate a transfer of N’s electrification experience to the brand’s first production EV, IONIQ 5 N.
Optimised EV platform: Setting new standards in the world of performance driving
Only Hyundai's Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) could have enabled the IONIQ 5 N's unprecedented performance. Following the award-winning IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6, IONIQ 5 N brings E-GMP to the next level, with two electric motors optimised for more power, torque and response, creating the basis for an electrified high-performance car that is truly ‘fun to drive’.
IONIQ 5 N’s E-GMP is the first to be equipped with Hyundai’s fourth generation 84kWh battery, providing stronger power output thanks to a two-stage inverter with increased energy efficiency, spinning the electric motors up to 21,000 RPM and delivering 478 kW / 650 PS with N Grin Boost engaged. E-GMP also gives it a low centre of gravity and even weight distribution to optimise driveability, while extensive reinforcements provide exceptional chassis dynamics.
Racetrack Capability: Features dedicated to racetrack driving
Several exclusive high-performance features give IONIQ 5 N its thrilling racetrack performance. N Grin Boost maximises acceleration by a power increment of 10 seconds and N Launch Control provides three different traction levels for the fastest possible start, allowing drivers to launch their vehicle like a professional race car. Track SOC (state-of-charge) automatically calculates battery consumption per lap.
N Battery Preconditioning pre-sets the temperature of the battery cells to their most power efficient temperature. The battery preconditioning function is split into two modes to accompany different performance driving scenarios. In ‘Drag’ mode, the optimum temperature is set for immediate use of maximum power, while in ‘Track’ mode, the lowest possible battery temperature is optimized for increased number of laps.
N Race gives drivers more direct control over the car’s energy usage, prioritizing ‘Sprint’ or ‘Endurance’ driving. ‘Sprint’ is the default state of IONIQ 5 N prioritizing full power on demand for the driver. ‘Endurance’ is a setting that maximizes the cars range on the racetrack.
N Battery Preconditioning and N Race are a direct result of N brand’s motorsport-derived approach. This helps drivers to strategize energy consumption in order to maximize performance or longevity. While this type of setting change would normally require a team of mechanics and equipment, IONIQ 5 N offers it at the convenience of a few button presses.
For the unrelenting braking demands of the racetrack, Hyundai N engineers designed N Brake Regen, an N-specific region braking system developed specifically for IONIQ 5 N to enhance braking performance. It offers up to a maximum of 0.6 G decelerative force – an industry leading figure – through regenerative braking alone, and remains engaged under ABS activation with a maximum of 0.2 G.
N Brake Regen serves as the primary source of braking force, while the mechanical brakes supplement additional braking force when required, ensuring enhanced endurance on the track. Moreover, left foot braking allows the brake and accelerator pedal to work at the same time when driving on the track.
N Infotainment System (Hyundai Connected Car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC)) features the combination of a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment display with specific graphics and options for track driving.
Hyundai N publishes a captivating three chapter video series that unveils the development journey of the IONIQ 5 N and N’s three pillars of performance:
- Corner Rascal (Chapter 1, November 2, 2023, 09.00CET)
- Racetrack Capability (Chapter 2, November 6, 2023, 09.00CET)
- Everyday Sportscar (Chapter 3, November 9, 2023, 09.00CET).
Disclaimer: CO2 and emissions data
- The Hyundai IONIQ 5 N is expected for Q1 2024. Electricity consumption and CO2 values for this model have not yet been determined.