The phrase “That’s a Hyundai?” should be long dead and buried, but they keep building things that defy their heritage, even to those of us who are fans of the brand.
Introducing the RM15 Concept, which was introduced at the Seoul Motor Show today. The video below actually shows an upload date of April 1, so I was dreading that it might be an April Fools gag.
When you think about it though, Hyundai recently hired Albert Biermann, the engineer behind BMW’s M brand, to boost the company’s high performance profile.
Rather than repeating the past, I think we may just be seeing the future of Hyundai!
Hyundai press release
Evolved from the Veloster RM(Racing Midship) revealed at 2014 Busan Motor Show in Korea, the new RM15 is a true concept car, not being an one-time design concept car, yet a concept that allows the world to witness continuous evolvement of Hyundai’s high performance technology and its future.This mid-engined, lightweight and high-performance two-seat concept is equipped with aluminum core structure with CFRP body panels minimizing vehicle weight, high-levels of downforce at speed with competitive lift coefficient, and 2.0 liter T-GDI mid-mounted engine generating 300 ps 39 kg.m (383 NM) torque.
The improvements #1 : Lightweight
Integrated sub-frame (front & rear) and a WRC-inspired roll-cage add extra stiffness to the structure, providing a firm foundation for the aluminum double-wishbone suspension, enabling it to give precise responses and consistent handling characteristics. RM15 rides on stylish 19-inch diameter mono block forged alloy wheels fitted with 235/35 R19 tires (front) and 265/35 R19 tires (rear).
The body panels, named ‘Hybrid Lightweight Body Structure (HLBS)’ provide further demonstration of Hyundai Motor’s expertise with carbon-fiber reinforced plastic structures. With an aluminum core structure and CFRP body panels, the RM15 is light yet extremely strong, with torsional stiffness of 37,800nm/deg.
The improvements #2 : Aerodynamics and Cooling Mechanism
Mass-models often minimize drag force to increase fuel efficiency, yet RM15 focused on achieving optimum downforce to maximize controllability and balance at high-speed. By testing degree-by-degree, RM15 achieved aerodynamic downforce of 24kg at 200kph, aided by a competitive lift-coefficient, even better than supercars on the road. The cooling mechanism was totally re-designed.