• High-performance N sub-brand presented with dynamic sports concepts
  • New i20 Active and New Santa Fe to enhance Crossover SUV model range
  • New connectivity technologies, and  two new turbocharged engines also exhibited

High Wycombe, 15 September 2015 – Hyundai Motor presents a host of new Hyundai models, design concepts and technologies at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show showcasing the passion of its brand. The introduction of the company’s new high-performance N sub-brand is envisioned through exciting concept cars and a preview of the 2016 New Generation i20 WRC race car.

Also shown at Frankfurt, New i20 Active and New Santa Fe enhance Hyundai’s European Crossover and SUV ranges, while the Vision G coupe concept envisions the inspiration for future premium products.

“This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show showcases the passion of the Hyundai brand,” stated Jochen Sengpiehl, Vice President Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe. “Design, quality and product value have become established as key pillars of our brand, and now we are adding the emotional characteristics of performance and driving pleasure with Hyundai N.”

New high-performance N sub-brand
Launching its new high-performance N sub-brand, Hyundai Motor aims to build on its motorsport experience to bring thrilling winding road fun to customers who love cars.

Highlighting the brand’s expertise and competency in performance engineering, a preview of the 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC race car will appear on the stand alongside two exciting concept cars that demonstrate Hyundai’s performance ambition.

The Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept shows a global audience the brand’s unique perspective on future performance characteristics. Created exclusively for PlayStation®’s Gran Turismo video game series, the concept car boasts total power of 884 PS from Hyundai Motor’s hydrogen fuel cell system and an additional super capacitor system.

In addition, the mid-engine turbo-powered 300 PS Hyundai RM15 concept with a lightweight construction represents Hyundai Motor’s passion for performance and suggests how the N sub-brand’s driver-focused technologies could come into production.

New i20 Active and New Santa Fe broaden Crossover SUV line-up
With the launch of New i20 Active and New Santa Fe, Hyundai Motor’s full Crossover SUV line-up is all-new or enhanced after the recent introduction of the All-New Tucson. The series of updated or new model introductions means that Hyundai Motor has its youngest product line-up in Europe, with every model under two years old.

The latest new addition, the New i20 Active, an urban crossover with rugged design, builds on the space, style and practicality of the New Generation i20 five-door, expanding the range to appeal to customers with an active lifestyle.

The Santa Fe is Hyundai Motor’s longest serving European model and a key contributor to the company’s SUV strength with over 1.2 million vehicles sold in the region. Maintaining its status as Hyundai Motor’s flagship SUV, New Santa Fe adds the latest comfort and convenience features, advanced safety technology and refines the car’s appearance.

Customer convenience boost as new connectivity technology comes to market
Hyundai Motor was the first car manufacturer worldwide to introduce Android Auto in its US Hyundai Sonata earlier this year. Now Hyundai Motor will be among the first in Europe to include the smartphone-based mirroring software in one of its cars when it is introduced to the New i40 in November 2015.

Vision G – an imagination of future design and technology
The dynamic Vision G coupe concept showcases Hyundai’s design evolution and gives an outlook on future premium products as well as presenting advanced connectivity and control technologies.

The unique ‘sling-shot’ design and advanced technology features were developed through a collaboration of all Hyundai Design Centres around the world. New features such as a sweeping touch screen display with a curved screen add sophistication to the calm, high-quality interior.

Engine technology gets turbocharged with two new units
Two new powertrain options will complete Hyundai’s line-up of new technology on show in Frankfurt. The downsized 1.0 T-GDI is set for introduction with the i20 Active and will be rolled-out across the whole i20 range before the end of this year.

The new 1.0-litre engine is joined on the stand by a 1.4 T-GDI power plant, showcasing Hyundai Motor’s new generation of small turbocharged gasoline engines.

Developed in close collaboration with Hyundai Motor’s European Technical Centre in Germany, these highly-efficient engines boast balanced performance that delivers entertaining driving characteristics alongside optimised fuel economy.

Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo

Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo (side)

Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo (rear)

Hyundai N 2025 Vision GT Racing (2)


  • Hyundai Motor’s high performance sub-brand N takes centre stage at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
  • A preview of the New Generation i20 WRC caris presented alongside N performance concepts
  • A vision of high performance technology will be showcased in two dynamic concepts RM15 and Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo
  • Hyundai N Bobsleigh 2016, developed for the Korean national bobsleigh team, also displayed at the Motor Show

High Wycombe, 15 September 2015 – Hyundai Motor the fastest growing automaker by brand has showcased its high performance sub-brand N at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show. Built on the foundation of the company’s intensive product development and motorsport experiences, Hyundai ‘N’ ultimately aims to develop future performance-oriented models.

Albert Biermann, Head of Performance Development & High Performance Vehicle Division said, “By revealing this exciting high performance sub-brand N to our customers, we’re challenging expectations of the Hyundai Motor brand. Drivers will soon experience the thrills and emotion of our proven motorsport prowess for themselves. Our future model line-up will include performance-oriented and race track-capable cars that will be full of energy. These models are just the start of what we know will be a fast and exhilarating journey for our brand.”

Hyundai ‘N’ cars will feature new powertrains and lightweight materials derived from Hyundai Motor’s World Rally Championship (WRC) participation, as well as performance-focused handling and aerodynamics. By providing carefully balanced levels of power and agility, Hyundai N cars will aim to achieve harmony in performance and deliver optimum thrills to customers who appreciate a focused and truly engaging driving experience.

In order to introduce Hyundai N’s roots and vision, Hyundai Motor is showcasing its latest motorsport challenger and two dynamic concepts during the motor show, the New Generation i20 WRC, RM15 and the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo.

Inspired by Motorsport

Based on the New Generation i20, the i20 WRC Rally Car is the preview for the vehicle that will compete in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship. Featuring optimised weight distribution, greater powertrain efficiency and enhanced aerodynamics, the car is already undergoing a punishing testing, engineering and development regime in build up to its final rally-specification ahead of its debut at Rally Monte Carlo in January 2016.

The New Generation i20 WRC will demonstrate Hyundai’s ability to enhance its high-performance DNA, and will continue to compete in motorsports as Hyundai ‘N’ builds towards producing a full road-going line-up of cars.

Accumulating high performance technologies from Hyundai Motor’s RM15

The mid-engined RM15 (Racing Midship 2015) concept is an aggressively-styled high-performance coupe that makes a confident statement about Hyundai Motor’s passion for performance and hints at the future direction of Hyundai N’s advanced technologies.

Although the RM15 is a new challenge for Hyundai Motor, it has adopted a ‘midship’ structure established when N technology was introduced by Hyundai Motor in 2013 to support the production of high-performance automobiles.

The RM15 features an aluminum spaceframe as its core structure, covered by light, stiff body panels formed in carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), which together help to achieve a significant weight saving compared to a conventional all-steel vehicle. The body panels are painted in N’s signature colours.

Total weight is reduced to 1,260 kg – a saving of 195 kg compared to an all-steel structure. With weight distribution effectively balanced for a midship concept (43% front, 57% rear), the centre of gravity is just 491 mm from the ground and aerodynamic downforce is 124 kg at 200 kph, aided by a competitive lift-coefficient.

Power comes from Hyundai Motor’s Theta 2.0-litre T-GDI engine, tuned to deliver 300 PS at 6,000 RPM through a six-speed manual transmission. Mounted transversely behind the two-seater cabin and ahead of the rear axle, optimised weight distribution is ensured, with a low moment of inertia for excellent handling agility and high levels of traction. Vertical air-intake slots in the flanks of the car, ahead of the rear wheel arches, increase cooling airflow within the engine bay and enhance powertrain efficiency, ready for enjoyable and race track and robust driving.

All these elements combine to achieve Hyundai N’s aim of balanced performance, focusing on increasing power without sacrificing the driving experience.

Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo: leading the next-generation high-performance vehicles

At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Hyundai also introduces the ultimate concept car to show the global audience the brand’s unique perspective on future performance characteristics. The ‘Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo’ concept, inspired by N, will be coming exclusively to PlayStation®’s Gran Turismo video game series.

The Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo powertrain is based on the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell system. The total system output is 650 kW (871 HP), with the dual fuel cell stacks providing 500 kW (670 HP), and the super capacitor system generating an additional 150 kW (201 HP) by using energy regeneration when braking. This remarkable power is delivered through four high-powered independent in-wheel motors, which provide uncompromised traction.

The compact, lightweight fuel cell stacks and rigid CFRP monocoque structure help to keep weight down to 972 kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio that rivals the most exotic supercars in the world. Combined with a low centre of gravity, this power and performance sets the car up to perform on the most challenging of race tracks, encapsulating the thrilling premise of N cars.

As air flows through Hyundai’s trademark hexagonal grille to the boat-shaped underbody structure, the tube-type underflow air supply duct connected to the rear minimizes pressure to the underbody to produce maximum downforce. In addition, the air brakes activate according to speed and brake usage as well as reduce drag.

Although the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo is based on eco-performance technology, the noise from its powertrain will tell a different story.  The sounds from the air blower’s turbine that spins at 200,000rpm, the frequency of the fuel cell stacks, the sound from the hydrogen cooling system and the high-pitched in-wheel motor combine to produce a distinct race car roar.

The Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept draws inspiration  aeronautics and speed.  Itlooks like a jet fighter on wheels that blurs the line between air and asphalt. Hyundai Motor designed this car to appear like it is floating.

Through Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo’s sustainable technology and innovative race car design, Hyundai is presenting N’s future potential to a wider global online community.

Born in Namyang, honed at the Nürburgring

The tight connection between Namyang and Nürburgring creates the foundation for N. Namyang is the heart of Hyundai Motor’s global R&D network and birthplace of all Hyundai cars, and Nürburgring is the world’s most challenging race track which will be used to hone N’s high performance technologies. Both locations play a crucial role in the development, testing and refinement of the responsive handling and vigorous acceleration that will characterise future N products.

The logo shape of N represents the corners of a race track where cars are pushed to the limit – namely, the chicane where the technical skills of the driver and the balance of the car are rigorously tested.

N technology drives Korean national Bobsleigh team

To showcase the breadth of Hyundai N’s high performance technology, Hyundai Motor debuts its independently developed ‘Hyundai N Bobsleigh 2016’ at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Utilising key advanced technologies and engineering learned from Hyundai N, Hyundai Motor has worked to minimise air resistance through wind tunnel aerodynamic testing and has created a bobsleigh design with ideal weight distribution and a low centre of gravity. Lightweight materials such as carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) will improve cornering and acceleration, combined with a strong chassis frame to reduce friction caused by vibration.

Hyundai Motor has also worked directly with the Korean National bobsleigh team to develop and customise ergonomic vessels to fit exactly each of the individual athletes..

The key technologies of Hyundai N Bobsleigh’s chassis, push handle, cabin, push bar, cowling and front bumper will be introduced at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. After participating in the upcoming 2015/2016 Bobsleigh winter season with the N Bobsleigh, Hyundai Motor plans to gear up for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics with an upgraded bobsleigh.

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