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Hyundai reveals a one-make race series for the Ioniq 5 N

The eN1 Cup Car further develops EVs for motorsports

Hyundai's motorsport portfolio is future-proof. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

Electric vehicles in motorsports have been slowly but surely taking shape in the past decade, and racing series like Formula E have grown in popularity on the bigger picture.

However, gearheads who live and breathe internal-combustion power still have reservations about this use of the still-developing propulsion system. Hyundai believes that it has found a solution through its current future classic.

Nothing else turns on a car guy like a tall wing. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

The Ioniq 5 N became the most hyped electric vehicle to hit the market ever since its reveal last year, showcasing a monstrous 84kWh battery pack producing 641hp. This time, the brand’s spicy division created a spicier version designed for a one-make race series in South Korea.

The eN1 Cup Car is made in a similar vein to the Elantra N1 Cup Car, turning a high-performance version of an economy compact car up to 11. The Ioniq 5 N’s battery motor and output stay the same, but its weight is reduced from 2,235kg to about 1,970kg after removing the unimportant bits for a competition machine.

You can never go wrong with an 18-inch square setup. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

However, the signature e-Shift and an enhanced version of Active Sound+ remain in the OMR version to provide a familiar yet new racing experience for spectators and drivers alike. The eN1 also expands in width with a bespoke wide bodykit for thicker and grippier setups on the track.

In contrast, its tires and wheels are downsized from its road-going model from 21 to 18 inches to accommodate a set of slicks. Of course, no race car is complete without the FIA-standard multipoint roll cage and a bucket seat with a six-point harness.

Its charging port is now located inside the trunk instead of the rear right side. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

The Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup Car and its one-make racing league will debut in the first leg of this year’s Hyundai N Festival at Inje Speedium in Gangwon, South Korea, on April 27-28. Here, teams and drivers will get to grips with the electric racer before the season progresses.

Justin Young

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