Hyundai is finalizing the testing phase of the Ioniq 5 N in preparation for its highly anticipated unveiling at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 13.
According to a press release by Hyundai on Friday, the N performance sub-brand’s inaugural all-electric model has undergone extensive track testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife as it nears its public introduction.
Hyundai’s engineers have placed a significant emphasis on heat management during the development process. The Ioniq 5 N is equipped with enhanced cooling hardware, including a specially designed radiator, motor-oil cooler, and battery chiller. Complementing the hardware is battery preconditioning software featuring “Drag” and “Track” modes, enabling the extraction of maximum power during short sprints while ensuring the battery remains cool throughout extended laps.
Additionally, the Ioniq 5 N boasts an innovative N Race feature that allows drivers to customize energy usage. The default “Sprint” mode provides maximum power, while the “Endurance” mode prioritizes range during prolonged track sessions by curbing sudden power spikes that may lead to battery heat buildup, as explained by Hyundai.
The regenerative braking system has also been revamped, permitting deceleration of up to 0.6 g—an industry-leading achievement, according to Hyundai. Regeneration occurs even when the ABS is engaged, with a capability of up to 0.2 g. Hyundai has also enhanced the hydraulic brakes, opting for larger 15.7-inch rotors.
To enhance driver engagement, the Ioniq 5 N incorporates a feature called N e-Shift, simulating gear shifts using motor torque. Hyundai claims that this feature allows drivers to apply their skills acquired from driving internal-combustion cars to the realm of electric driving.
Similar to other performance-oriented electric vehicles, the Ioniq 5 N will feature its unique soundtrack to compensate for the absence of traditional engine noise. A total of eight internal and two external speakers will produce a curated selection of sounds, including simulated versions of the 2.0-liter turbo-4 engines found in Hyundai’s gasoline N models, as well as artificial sounds derived from the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo and RN22e concepts, and even fighter jet noises.
In addition to being Hyundai’s first electric N model, the Ioniq 5 N will also be the first to offer all-wheel drive. While the standard Ioniq 5 already reaches 320 hp, Hyundai has remained tight-lipped about the power output of the Ioniq 5 N, but it is expected to surpass that figure. Considering that the Kia EV6 GT, which shares the E-GMP platform with the Ioniq 5, delivers 576 hp, there is significant potential for a substantial increase in power.
Although Hyundai has not confirmed whether the Ioniq 5 N will be available in the United States, the timing of its unveiling suggests a potential sales launch for the 2024 model year if it does make its way across the pond.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about electric performance
Q: When and where will the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N be unveiled?
A: The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is scheduled to make its debut at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 13.
Q: What are some notable features of the Ioniq 5 N?
A: The Ioniq 5 N boasts enhanced performance with all-wheel drive, advanced heat management technology, regenerative braking system, N e-Shift for simulated gear shifts, and a unique sound system.
Q: What improvements have been made to the cooling system?
A: The Ioniq 5 N features more robust cooling hardware, including a model-specific radiator, motor-oil cooler, battery chiller, and battery preconditioning software with “Drag” and “Track” modes to maximize power and maintain battery cooling.
Q: Does the Ioniq 5 N offer different driving modes?
A: Yes, the Ioniq 5 N offers various driving modes. The default “Sprint” mode provides maximum power, while the “Endurance” mode prioritizes range by limiting power spikes that can generate excess heat in the battery.
Q: Will the Ioniq 5 N be available in the United States?
A: Hyundai has not officially confirmed the availability of the Ioniq 5 N in the United States. However, if it does arrive, it is expected to launch as a 2024 model year vehicle.
More about electric performance
- Hyundai Official Website
- Goodwood Festival of Speed Official Website
- Hyundai Ioniq 5 Official Website
- Nürburgring Nordschleife Official Website
- Kia EV6 GT Official Website