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Hyundai RN30 Concept: racing version of the i30

Stefan Baldauf
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H yundai wants to get away from the cheap home image. In order to give the brand a sportier touch, the so-called “N” division for high-performance cars was launched at the IAA Frankfurt a year ago. With the Hyundai RN30 Concept, the Koreans are now putting their words into action. The racing study celebrated its premiere at the Paris Motor Show.

The Hyundai RN30 Concept is based on the compact i30 model. The racing version doesn't have much in common with the somewhat staid production car. Hyundai Motorsport has put a thoroughbred racing machine on its wheels - with everything that goes with it.

Hyundai RN30 Concept with an aggressive look

Even from the outside, the athlete makes an aggressive impression. The fenders, which open to the rear, have been widened by 30 millimeters. Thanks to a flatter body and a proper lowering, the RN30 Concept crouches 84 millimeters lower above the asphalt than its series counterpart. The roof line is only 1.35 meters high.

19-inch light-alloy wheels with sports tires underline the dynamic appearance. A massive front splitter, an unusually shaped rear spoiler and the huge diffuser at the rear are not just show elements, according to Hyundai. They should produce a lot of downforce so that the car can get through corners quickly on the racetrack.

The modified front apron with the eye-catching daytime running lights shows larger openings, which should benefit the cooling of the 2.0 liter unit . Additional air is shoveled under the sheet metal casing via a wide scoop in the bonnet.

In order to increase the power to 380 hp and the torque to 451 Nm, the series engine was equipped with a larger turbo. A dual clutch transmission brings the power to the road with the help of an electronic differential over all 4 wheels. A special sports exhaust with 2 tailpipes provides the right background sound when accelerating.

BASF supplies high-tech plastic

In order to save weight, Hyundai did not use the RN30 Concept as usual in the industry Carbon fiber back. Instead, they worked together with BASF on special plastic materials that should not only be light but also resistant and environmentally friendly. In order to lower the center of gravity, the bucket seats were also moved back and mounted lower.

A special oneA feature are the onboard cameras that Hyundai has installed in several places on the RN30 Concept. There are rotatable cameras on the A-pillars, which are supposed to ensure stable recordings of the pilot during the journey. Another camera is attached to the central roof fin, which produces professional exterior shots.

Hyundai i30N series model is coming in 2017

The Hyundai RN30 Concept should not just remain a finger exercise for engineers. It is the first preview of the power version of the i30 - the so-called i30N - which is due to come onto the market as early as next year. In order to stand up to the top dogs in the fast compact racer class, the road version is to be extensively tested on the Nürburgring after the development in Namyang (Korea).


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