The "Rolling Lab: for testing High-Performance Technologies

To Create Future High-Performance N Cars


Hyundai Motors embarked on a project in 2012 with the project code RM (Racing Midship), which was initiated to create new high-performance technologies for the future. Upon reaching the advanced research stage, vehicles underwent road tests to validate newly developed technologies, observe their effects on performance, and improve them for later application in N models. Additionally, the MR (a midship engine and rear-drive system) was utilized to enable advanced research into vehicle movement with different weight distributions between the front and rear. This testing is essential for high-performance cars and helps to better understand the effects of a weighed-down and high-strength body frame on the vehicle's performance. Finally, the research resulted in a midship design, with the engine mounted in the middle of the car instead of the front.

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Connecting Motorsports
Technology to N Models
The RM models are not just one-off displays of exterior design, but represent true concept cars that demonstrate the evolution of high-performance  technologies that will expand to the N models.

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Embodiment of Stability and Power
The RM series adopted the designs of existing models to enable performance tests without the use of camouflage. Nonetheless, the exterior design has been constantly upgraded to incorporate more high-performance technologies, altering the front of the RM to represent the optimal aerodynamic design. The lowered front with an extended hood, slim headlamps, and wide air intakes give the RM a more aggressive look. At the same time, the rear spoiler, with optimized aerodynamics and extended air intakes, displays the characteristics of a powerful midship model.

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For Optimal Power Distribution and Aerodynamics
The RM16 features various new technologies that are currently being tested to capture the optimal driving emotion and enhanced performance for all N models. One of these featured technologies is the electronic supercharger that increases the performance of the high-output RM16 engine. When compared to its forerunner, the performance increased by 14% from 60 to 100 km/h, and by 17% from 80 to 120 km/h. The RM16 also incorporates Hyundai’s new N Corner Carving Differential (NCCD). The NCCD is an electronic limited-slip differential that allows the wheels to turn at different speeds, allowing for a unique carving experience during cornering. This electronic limited-slip differential is implemented in the i30 N as well as other N models. Along with the active rear spoiler technology that optimizes aerodynamics, these innovations enable excellent performance and deliver pure driving bliss.

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1) LIGHTWEIGHT YET STRONG BODY STRUCTURE
Aluminum frame + CFRP skins.

2) ADJUSTABLE BOLSTER SPORTS SEAT
Emotional driving attachment.

3) HIGH-PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION
In-wheel double wishbone.

4) ACTIVE REAR SPOILER
Aerodynamic optimization.

5) HIGH-OUTPUT ENGINE
Electronic supercharger, e-LSD.

6) ELECTRONICALLY-VARIABLE EXHAUST SYSTEM
Intense exhaust sound.

 

Evolution of the RM Series

RM14

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Maximum power
300 horsepower

Maximum torque
39kgf · m

Aerodynamic design
Ground clearance is 120mm
lower than general car

Weight distribution
Front 43 / Back 57

Significance
Hyundai’s first midship car based on the beloved Veloster.
The center of gravity is in the center of the car, so the high-speed cornering performance is greatly improved.

 

RM15

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Engine
High performance 2.0 T-GDi
engine

Maximum power
300 horsepower

Maximum torque
39kgf · m

0-100km/h
4.7 seconds

Significance
Weight of body reduced 132kg compared to RM14 (Aluminum, new CFRP materials, etc.)
Improved high-speed driving stability by reinforcing downforce that presses the car body at high speed.

 

RM16

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Engine
High performance 2.0 T-GDi
engine + 48V electric supercharger
(e-Supercharger)

Maximum power
300 horsepower

Maximum torque
39kgf · m

0-100km/h
4.7 seconds

Significance
Improvement of emotional and detailed driving performance compared to RM15.
(Exhaust sound tuning, active spoiler, etc.)

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