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Hyundai RN22e previews future N performance Ioniq models

In addition to the Ioniq 5 N that Hyundai is for sure now going to be building, the company is working hard on future technology for future N models. That future technology is going to be developed on the RN22e.

The RN22e is a rolling experiment for the latest and greatest N tech. It’s the company’s first rolling lab built atop E-GMP, it’s most in line with the battery electric Hyundais we’ll be able to purchase in North America.

To be an N car, the car must be a “corner rascal.” That’s why N cars so far have had an e-LSD. The RN22e is exploring torque vectoring by twin clutch. As we know, EVs are heavier than non-EVs, so performance hardware has to be able to handle the weight.

Hyundai wants to make sure that the RN22e can also handle track use without derating, which is a problem for many EVs. 400-mm hybrid disc brakes help slow the car down, and Hyundai is experimenting with regen-braking that precisely controls yaw and corner attack.

Combined system output on the RN22e, since it’s a dual motor setup, is 430 kW (577 hp) and 740 Nm (546 lb-ft) of torque. Top speed is over 250 km/h (155 mph). It’s 77.4 kWh battery pack, shared with production Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6, can be charged from 10-percent to 80-percent in 18 minutes (which is something we tested right here).

The RN22e is based on the Ioniq 6 sedan, not the Ioniq 5 crossover, so it has a sleeker design. That should improve aerodynamics at high speeds, improve range a bit, and provide a better high performance driving experience. Plus, it just looks cool, even if it won’t be the first electric N to come to market.

Expect to see some of, if not all of, this tech in the upcoming Ioniq 5 N, and definitely in future Ioniq N models.

Written by Chad Kirchner
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