Hyundai has taken the stage at the Frankfurt Motor Show to showcase its N performance sub-brand. Leading the lineup is the radical N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo, which will only exist in the digital realm of PlayStation’s Gran Turismo racing game franchise.
According to the Korean automaker, the N 2025 was designed to look like a jet fighter on wheels with a matching “eco-power technology.” The car is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell system that incorporates dual fuel stacks and a super capacitor for a total output of 871 hp. Four in-wheel motors channel the output to all four wheels.
Despite using green technology, the N 2025 is promised to sound like a proper fuel-guzzling race car thanks to a turbine that spins at 200,000 rpm, and the combined noise from the hydrogen cooling system and the high-pitched in-wheel motor.
Hyundai adds that the lightweight fuel cell stacks and rigid CFRP monocoque structure help to keep the car’s weight below the one tonne mark – at 972 kg to be exact – while extensive aerodynamic properties and air brakes keep the car composed at high speed manoeuvres as well as under heavy braking.
Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo: leading the next-generation high-performance vehicles
At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Hyundai also introduces the ultimate concept car to show the global audience the brand’s unique perspective on future performance characteristics. The ‘Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo’ concept, inspired by N, will be coming exclusively to PlayStation®’s Gran Turismo video game series.
The Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo powertrain is based on the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell system. The total system output is 650 kW (871 HP), with the dual fuel cell stacks providing 500 kW (670 HP), and the super capacitor system generating an additional 150 kW (201 HP) by using energy regeneration when braking. This remarkable power is delivered through four high-powered independent in-wheel motors, which provide uncompromised traction.
The compact, lightweight fuel cell stacks and rigid CFRP monocoque structure help to keep weight down to 972 kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio that rivals the most exotic supercars in the world. Combined with a low centre of gravity, this power and performance sets the car up to perform on the most challenging of race tracks, encapsulating the thrilling premise of N cars.
As air flows through Hyundai’s trademark hexagonal grille to the boat-shaped underbody structure, the tube-type underflow air supply duct connected to the rear minimizes pressure to the underbody to produce maximum downforce. In addition, the air brakes activate according to speed and brake usage as well as reduce drag.
Although the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo is based on eco-performance technology, the noise from its powertrain will tell a different story. The sounds from the air blower’s turbine that spins at 200,000rpm, the frequency of the fuel cell stacks, the sound from the hydrogen cooling system and the high-pitched in-wheel motor combine to produce a distinct race car roar.
The Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept draws inspiration aeronautics and speed. It looks like a jet fighter on wheels that blurs the line between air and asphalt. Hyundai Motor designed this car to appear like it is floating.
Through Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo’s sustainable technology and innovative race car design, Hyundai is presenting N’s future potential to a wider global online community.