Hyundai Ioniq 5 N To Enter Single-Make Race Series

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The Ioniq 5 N will star in a one-make race next year.

Hyundai will put the innovative race-ready features of the Ioniq 5 N to the test in a single-make series in South Korea next year. The race car, named eN1 Cup, is getting more performance-oriented modifications to improve balance and aerodynamics.

Chief among these is the weight reduction up to 551 pounds compared to the road-going Ioniq 5 N. Race fans know how significant that change could affect the performance. The full details have yet to be disclosed. However, we know that to lower the weight, side and rear windows made of polycarbonate were installed.

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The Hyundai Ioniq 5 eN1 Cup car has racing brake pads matched to six-piston calibers at the front and four-piston calipers at the back, exclusive body kit and rear wing, and 280/680R18 racing slick tires. It also has a pillow ball and adjustable suspension components, allowing the ride height to lower by as much as 2.7 inches.

No powertrain upgrades were detailed during the electric car's presentation at the Hyundai N Festival in Australia earlier this month. The road-going version has a dual-motor powertrain, which produces 641 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque when using the N Grin Boost mode. This mode will be allowed when overtaking in the one-make race.

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The motors are connected to a simulated eight-speed DCT gearbox with N e-shift for an ICE-like driving feel. Moreover, each team will get boosted sounds under the N Active Sound+ feature. This produces a combustion engine-like sound similar to the fake exhaust note of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT.

For safety, the race car has a six-point, FIA-approved roll cage and high-voltage disconnectors in case the batteries get too hot. It is also equipped with an air jack lift for easier servicing.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 eN1 Cup's development will reportedly be completed by February 2024, while the single-make series will begin in May 2024 if things go according to plan.

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