Hyundai rolled out a lot of mid-engine idea automobiles within the 2010s. None noticed the sunshine that awaits on the finish of a manufacturing line, and that is as a result of the corporate’s performance-oriented N division ended up having to can what would have been a rival to the Acura NSX.
“We had been engaged on an N supercar,” affirmed Albert Biermann, the previous head of Hyundai’s N division, in an interview with High Gear.
He added that the automotive did not have an official title; his workforce merely referred to it as “The Chairman’s Automobile.” As for the specs, it appears like nothing was set in stone when the undertaking was canceled however Biermann envisioned the mannequin with a carbon fiber tub and a mid-mounted engine that would have labored with a hybrid system if wanted. Alternatively, The Chairman’s Automobile might have used a hydrogen gas cell.
What might have been is a mannequin with supercar energy, supercar dealing with, and a comparatively inexpensive price ticket. Sort of just like the NSX, proper?
“Certain, however not boring,” mentioned Biermann.
He added that Hyundai’s prime brass determined to tug the plug on the undertaking out of worry the automotive would not be taken critically.
“The issue was the automotive would have value over $150,000, and at the moment it was thought a Hyundai couldn’t have this value,” he mentioned. As a substitute, the South Korean firm launched its N division globally in 2017 by releasing the i30 N, a sizzling hatch primarily based on the European model of the Elantra GT. People needed to wait till the Veloster N disembarked right here for 2019 to get their first style of Hyundai’s N model.
It appears like Hyundai hasn’t given up on planting its stake within the supercar section. Earlier in 2022, it unveiled an idea known as N Imaginative and prescient 74 (a tribute to the 1974 Pony) that is powered by a hydrogen-electric hybrid powertrain rated at 670 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.