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Hyundai unveils crazy Ioniq 5 N Time Attack Spec

Yet another derivative of its high-performance EV

The N Performance brand is going all in by taking to the skies with a Time Attack-spec Ioniq 5 N. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is one of the hottest and fastest electric cars in the world, and is redefining the idea of performance. The Hyundai N team has been developing performance parts and even a higher-performance eN1 Cup Car for a one-make race series.

This time around, the N team is taking the car and turning it up to 11—aiming for the skies as it plans to tackle the 102nd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this coming June 23 with the Ioniq 5 N TA (Time Attack) Spec.

A properly mad look only Pikes Peak time attack cars can pull off. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

Just like the Cup Car, the Ioniq 5 N TA Spec is designed to show just how capable the Ioniq 5 N can be without drastic changes.

For one, the electric system was carried over, down to the 84kWh battery pack and the silicon carbide two-stage inverter, but power output was boosted to 677hp all via software tuning.

The N Active Sound+ system was modified to boost sound output to over 120dB, to help provide feedback for the driver, and to replace the required sirens fitted on electric Pikes Peak cars (as a way to cut down on weight).

The company will be running both production-spec Ioniq 5 Ns and time attack-spec models at the hill climb. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

The body has been given a proper high-downforce kit with a gigantic front splitter and rear wing, alongside safety enhancements typical of Pikes Peak vehicles.

As for the handling department, new three-way shock absorbers, racing-grade brakes (six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers), and super-sticky Yokohama Advan 005 slick tires wrapped around 18-inch forged wheels help the Corner Rascal navigate the 156 turns of the 20km course that climbs 1,438m to the summit.

Sim racers and Hyundai N fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming days. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

The two Ioniq 5 N TA Spec vehicles will be piloted by Robin Shute and Dani Sordo, while two production Ioniq 5 N cars will be driven by Paul Dallenbach and Ron Zaras.

This isn’t the first time Hyundai has entered the PPIHC. Dating all the way back to 1992, Hyundai has competed here—with 2012 being a highlight as a Hyundai Genesis Coupe (driven by Rhys Millen) set a course time record of 9:46.164.

Also, Hyundai N will be planning to collaborate with the popular racing simulator franchise Gran Turismo for sim racing activities.

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