Hyundai’s high-performance N brand is showing its vision of a 100 per cent electric and hydrogen future through its two new RN22e and N Vision 74 concept cars, recalling that the first baterry model in the N range will be the Ioniq 5 N arriving in 2023. Hyundai calls its two prototypes ‘rolling labs’, real laboratories on wheels for testing and putting the company’s advanced technologies to the test and applying them to future production models.

RN22e offers track-ready performance by refining and optimising Hyundai’s innovative Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) together with a streamliner design derived from the production Ioniq 6. The RN22e adopts all the aerodynamic features of the electric sedan to which the Hyundai N department added motorsport-inspired details to maximise performance: low ground clearance, a huge full-width rear wing, powerful shoulders, miniskirts, and larger wheels. While retaining the design of the Ioniq 6, the lower bumper has been widened with a new air intake area to improve cooling for the two engines capable of developing 430 kW of power (and 740 Nm of torque) powered by a 77.4 kWh battery pack.

The second concept unveiled by Hyundai is the N Vision 74, a model that pays homage through its lines to the Hyundai Pony designed in 1974 by Giorgetto Giugiaro. “The future-oriented design of the N Vision 74 is the result of our respect and appreciation for the dedication and passion with which the Pony Coupe concept was created,” said SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Design Center. The N Vision 74 has an impressive 500 kW of power discharged to the rear wheels and 900 Nm of torque, all powered by a 62.4 kWh battery pack.