Hyundai is out to prove it means business with its high performance N sub brand. The automaker says it will showcase the brand at the Frankfurt Motor Show with two concept cars that will represent the future of its race-track capable models. The automaker’s decision to show them off in Germany makes sense, since that’s where its Motorsports division is headquartered.
Hyundai first announced the N sub-brand back in 2013, when it launched the i20 WRC back in December 2013, but we haven’t heard much more about it until now. So here’s what it’s planning for Frankfurt. Hyundai will show off the next generation 2016 i20 WRC, as well as an all-new Vision Gran Turismo show car and a mid-engine RM15 Veloster-based track concept.
Based on the New Generation i20, the WRC rally car is the first prototype for the vehicle that will challenge for the podium in the 2016 WRC. Already undergoing a punishing testing, engineering and development regime, the new car is building up to its final rally-specification ahead of its debut at the start of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship at Rallye Monte Carlo.
As for the RM15, it’s a heavily modified roadster. RM stands for “race midsize” and refers to the concept mid-engine layout. Power comes from a 296-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4.