When it comes to EVs, there’s virtually no end to arguments between those who are for and against them. However, there is one point that can not be argued when it comes to electric cars. The instant-on nature of an electric motor is something that internal combustion engines just can’t hang with. In fact, that’s why the three fastest accelerating production cars all use electric motors in some format.
No matter which side of the fence you stand on, though, you have to admit these electric sports car concepts from Hyundai look downright amazing.
Hyundai’s N Performance division is planning some potent electric sports cars
In a recent press release, Hyundai describes the company’s N Performance division as the fastest evolving performance brand. Though that’s a bold claim, cars like the Veloster N and Elantra N serve as staples to remind us that they’re not playing around. However, the N division announced in 2015 that it would focus on sustainable energy for its performance applications. Now, there’s a glimpse into the future to prove they aren’t messing around.
The most outstanding of the two is undoubtedly the Hyundai N Vision 74. Both the name and the design cues draw influence from the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe concept car. Though the design of the original aged like milk, this modern take is an astonishing blend of retro and futuristic that lands on sheer perfection. Its balance of past and future combined with the massive rear wing and turbofan wheels looks like something straight out of Ken Block’s mind.
It’s fast, too. Hyundai’s specs show a blend of electric power with the aid of a hydrogen fuel cell coming together to deliver over 670 horsepower to the rear wheels. Additionally, a whopping 663 pound-feet of torque adds to the fun. Finally, Hyundai states that the car has a driving range of over 370 miles and tops out at over 155 miles per hour.
“N Vision 74’s future-oriented design reflects the respect and appreciation we have for the dedication and passion that went into the Pony Coupe concept,” said SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Design Center.
The RN22e model is a glimpse of an upcoming EV, says Hyundai
The second electric sports car Hyundai debuted is called the RN22e. It is a bit more reminiscent in style of the recently unveiled Ioniq 6. That makes a lot of sense, too, since the Ioniq 6’s design focus was on aerodynamics. Its intent is to serve as a testbed for an upcoming high-performance EV.
Hyundai says that its focus is on cooling and braking with this car. This way, buyers will be able to spend lots of time on race tracks without worry.
Certainly, this car is no slouch, either. It makes over 570 horsepower and puts it to the ground through all four wheels. In addition, over 540 pound-feet of torque help launch this car into oblivion. Most importantly for a track day, though, its is rapid recharging ability. Hyundai says it can charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.
“RN22e and N Vision 74 play an important role in the strategic development of our entire product lineup, especially our electrified, high-performance vehicles,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Customer Experience Division at Hyundai Motor Company. “Rolling labs represent the continuous development of our most advanced technologies. This unique approach makes us ready for the challenges of the future by empowering us to push ourselves to the limit.”
The world’s first look into Hyundai N Division’s high-performance production EV is not far off. According to Hyundai, the Ioniq 5 N will launch sometime in 2023. Overall, Hyundai’s performance division is gearing up for some awesome performance electric sports cars!