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IONIQ 5 N eN1 Cup Car - Electric racer promises a sustainable future

The Hyundai N Festival will house the Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup Car, an electric racing car based on the award-winning (obviously) Ioniq 5 N high-performance EV, and marks a step forward in sustainable motorsport.


Why sustainable? 

Because it’s electric. The eN1 Cup borrows the power electronics system from its production counterpart, the Ioniq 5 N. This system offers a more powerful battery and drivetrain compared to the standard one. For those who aren’t familiar, the N is the first high-performance EV from Hyundai N, boasting impressive acceleration, high power output (up to 650hp), and durability built for intense track racing. It leverages Hyundai's advanced Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) technology, featuring a robust battery thermal management system and strong regenerative braking.


Similar to the existing Avante (Elantra) N1 class cars, the Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup is a top-tier racing car designed for professional drivers. It utilizes slick tires for enhanced performance on the circuit and will compete in the new eN1 class launching this year. This new class will feature open regulations, allowing teams to compete with various tire brands instead of being limited to a single supplier.


Why does it look so rad?

Because of the kit. The Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup features a redesigned body kit. It has wider, lower fenders, a wider wheelbase for better handling, and improved aerodynamics thanks to front lips, rear wings, and reduced weight. Unnecessary components were removed to make the car lighter, and racing components like forged wheels, an FRP hood, and polycarbonate windows were added.


For an exciting race experience, the car features NGB overboost, virtual shift (N e-Shift), and a unique, amplified NAS+ (N Active Sound) system. Each race team will have the ability to develop their own customized sounds.


It’s fast, and it’s also safe. The Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup is equipped with essential safety features like roll cages, racing seats, and racing seat belts. Additionally, the car boasts special safety measures for electric vehicles, including fire extinguishers designed for electrical fires, asphyxiation prevention extinguishers, and a modified charging port location.


Not that this car is ever going to roll on the roads, even seeing one around the track would be a sight to behold. If you want a glimpse of that, head to YouTube! 

TopGear Magazine July 2024