ICYMI: A Hyundai Ioniq 5 N purpose-built race car revealed

By J.A. Ackley
Apr 5, 2024 | Hyundai, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

Photography Courtesy Hyundai

You know what would make the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N even sportier? How about measures to make it a true race car? That’s what Hyundai recently revealed with its eN1 Cup car.

What did the Korean automaker change from the street version? They swapped in slick tires, installed a body kit, ditched some weight, bolstered safety and made other motorsport-related changes.

What didn’t they touch? The powertrain and battery capacity.

In total, the eN1 Cup car puts out 641 horsepower and weighs 4343 pounds.

Hyundai will have the race-only Hyundai Ioniq 5 N at the Hyundai N Festival, which starts on April 27.

Through the eN1 class, our ultimate aim is to establish Hyundai Motor as a true leader in the EV motorsport platform, fostering the growth and development of Korea’s vibrant motorsport culture while making a resounding impact on a global scale,” said Joon Park, Head of N Brand Management Group, in a press release. “With the eN1 class, we are poised to redefine the future of racing and pave the way for a new era of electrifying motorsport achievements.”

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Coniglio Rampante
Coniglio Rampante Reader
4/5/24 10:12 a.m.

Thanks for posting.  I don't own (nor have I ever owned) a Hyundai, but I'm becoming a fanboy via the N branded vehicles and the investment in motorsports.  If that N Festival ever came to a track near-ish me, I'd go.  (Link has a few short moving images of this vehicle)  https://www.hyundai-n.com/en/motorsport/hyundai-n-festival.do

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/5/24 10:15 a.m.

I hope Hyundai brings it (or another one) to the US for a tour of some tracks. It would be cool to see this thing at #gridlife.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
4/5/24 11:22 a.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

Agreed. Would love to see it do a tour here in the U.S.

mikerunt GRM+ Memberand New Reader
4/5/24 2:42 p.m.

4300# ?!

Alfari New Reader
4/5/24 3:13 p.m.

I think that's pretty light for an EV


GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/5/24 3:19 p.m.

That's a pretty ordinary weight for an EV, there are some lighter EVs out there around 3klbs.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/5/24 3:42 p.m.

I think it's heavier than our Model 3 in stock form. But a pretty big chunk of EV weight is in the battery pack, so you're never going to get them super-light without handicapping their power and range. The good news is that weight is really low and central so it's not as bad as it could be.

Adam Grabowski
Adam Grabowski New Reader
4/8/24 7:15 a.m.

Gauntlet thrown, BMW, Porsche and Tesla! Let's see some factory level, EV sedan racing.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
4/8/24 9:46 a.m.

In reply to Adam Grabowski :

Now we're talking! I like your thinking.

DirtyBird222 PowerDork
4/8/24 9:55 a.m.

Can't wait to hear it on track! 

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