Hyundai Motor unveiled the its high-performance aspirations, the RM16 (Racing Midship 2016), its latest ‘N’ model concept. Making its world debut at the at the 2016 Busan International Motor Show in South Korea, Hyundai’s N performance arm demonstrating the company’s commitment to manufacture responsive, intuitive performance vehicles.
During the unveiling, Albert Biermann, Head of Hyundai Motor’s Vehicle Test & High-Performance Development said, “RM models will continue to play an important role as the ‘rolling lab’ in the development of our future high-performance ‘N’ cars.”
Hyundai also exhibited N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo that clearly hints for the future N model characteristics. Hyundai Motor’s high performance sub-brand ‘N’ was launched in September 2015, while the project RM (Racing Midship) commenced in 2012 with an aim to test its high-performance technologies and enhancing them for use in future high-performance cars.
Development of high-performance technologies started with the RM14 (Racing Midship 2014) that was revealed at the 2014 Busan International Motor Show for the very first time, followed by the RM15 that was introduced at the 2015 Seoul Motor Show. Now, the RM16 represents the brand’s further development of technologies in the form of a mid-engine, lightweight, high-performance two-seat concept. It features a specially-designed aluminium space frame is covered by light, rigid carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body panels.
Mechanically, the RM 16 concept inherits some characteristics from the earlier RM14 and RM15 models like midship-mounted 2.0 theta T-GDI engine, which is tuned to develop 295BHPand six-speed manual transmission. The new concept boasts the same sports-focused weight distribution (43% front, 57% rear), as its predecessors, benefitting from a centre of gravity less than 500mm from the ground. Thanks to the Weight-saving innovations that help boast handling and acceleration.