Hyundai continues to live its mantra, ‘New Thinking, New Possibilities’. You want proof? Check out the incredible RM15 coupe concept, revealed at the Seoul Motor Show.
The Hyundai RM15 (for Racing Midship 2015) is based on the Veloster RM shown at the 2014 Busan Motor Show in Korea.
Featuring aluminium spaceframe construction and clothed in carbon-fibre reinforced plastic for maximum lightness and rigidity (the RM15 records 37,800deg/Nm torsional rigidity), the RM15 weighs 1260kg; a saving of 195kg compared to a steel structure build. Like the Hyundai i20 WRC which already has one WRC victory to its name, the RM15 is painted in the signature colours of ‘N’, the forthcoming Hyundai road-car performance brand.
The RM15’s weight distribution is set at 43 per cent front, 57 per cent rear, thanks to its mid-engine location and rear-wheel drive chassis. Its centre of gravity is only 491mm above-ground and the bodykit aids in generating 24kg of downforce at 200km/h.
Hyundai has installed a modified version of its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission. It is mounted transversely behind the two seats in the cabin, ahead of the rear axle. Funky vertical intakes are installed in the RM15’s flanks to feed the beast, which generates 220kW at 6000rpm. Torque is 383Nm at only 2000rpm, with zero to 100km/h achieved in only 4.7sec.
Front and rear sub-frames are integrated and Hyundai’s WRC experience is seen in the roll-cage construction which aids further stiffness as well as safety. Aluminium double-wishbone suspension is fitted all-round, and the RM15 rides on 19-inch monoblock forged alloy wheels. Tyres measure 235/35/19 up-front, 265/35/19 in the rear.
Integrated sub-frame (front & rear) and a WRC-inspired roll-cage add extra stiffness to the structure, providing a firm foundation for the aluminium 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).
Of course, there’s currently no word on if such a wild version of the Veloster will ever see the production light of day, but it’s a sign that Hyundai’s N division will be a force to be reckoned with.