The HYUNDAI N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo was created to inspire the passion of ‘N’, the high performance line-up in celebration of Hyundai’s 50th anniversary which comes in 2017. This exciting machine offers a peek into the brand’s next-generation high-performance vehicles and shows the unique characteristics of ‘N’, ‘the most thrilling winding road fun’.
While hybrid powertrain is today’s performance trend, the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo features a new type of drivetrain, one that will no doubt be the next “big thing” in the auto industry: a hydrogen fuel cell system. This revolutionary new system allows this conceptual sports car to be environmentally friendly as well as a monster on winding roads which delivers instant response.
While the foundation of fuel cell high performance system was developed at Hyundai Motor’s main technological facility, the Namyang R&D Center, it was the designers at Hyundai’s America Design Center who took this piece of technology and transposed it into a potent high-performance powerplant, one worthy to wear the ‘N’ badge. In addition, Hyundai Motor’s Sound Design Research Lab designed a unique FCEV sport sound system to maximize the emotional delight of this highly-spirited yet eco-friendly model. Armed with all of this future technology, the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo truly represents the potential of Hyundai Motor’s sporting future.
The N 2025’s powertrain is based on world’s first mass-produced Hyundai hydrogen fuel cell in 2013. The total system output is 650 kW (871 HP). The dual fuel cell stacks provide 500 kW (670 HP), and the super capacitor system generates an additional 150 kW (201 HP) by using energy regenerated when braking. This remarkable power comes from an eco-friendly system that’s optimally delivered through four high-powered independent in-wheel motors, which provide uncompromised traction. The compact, lightweight fuel cell stacks and flexible CFRP monocoque structure allow the car to tip the scales at a lean 972 kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio that rivals the most exotic supercars in the world. Furthermore, low center of gravity and IIDC (Independent In-wheel motor Drive Control) make this a car that can be best enjoyed on a challenging racetrack, especially on the chicane, which is what ‘N’ high performance cars are all about.
The N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept gets its inspiration from aeronautics, more specifically from the tests performed at Rogers Dry Lake (formerly Muroc Dry Lake) where pilots and astronauts trained, risking their lives for the pursuit of space travel (as seen in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Right Stuff’). The innovative and audacious spirit shown at Muroc, which was once a dry lake bed in this area, was the source of inspiration and motif for the design of the HYUNDAI N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo. That’s how HYUNDAI N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo gets its nickname, ‘Muroc’.
The air from the front to rear flows through Hyundai Motor’s trademark hexagonal grille to the boat shaped underbody structure. The tube-type underflow air supply duct connected to the rear minimizes pressure to the underbody to produce maximum downforce. In addition, the air brakes activate according to speed and brake usage as well as minimize drag. Although the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo is based on eco-performance technology, the vehicle will strike a chord with enthusiasts merely by the deep growl of its powerplant. The sounds from the air blower’s turbine that spins at around 200,000 rpm, the unique frequency of fuel cell stacks, the purging sound from the hydrogen cooling system and the high-pitched in-wheel motor harmoniously combine to produce a distinct racecar rumble, fully engaging the driver.
‘N’ has become known to the world through Hyundai Motor’s WRC participation which started in 2014. The N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo expresses the company’s strong commitment to ‘N’. We hope you enjoy the future of N performance models with the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo.