The 810-hp RM20e is the most exciting Hyundai ever

And yes, it's an electric prototype

In my book, the 'best-performing brand of the decade award' goes to Hyundai, hands down. Actually, this award doesn't exist, I just made it up, but my point still stands because the Korean manufacturer went from making tragic hatchbacks to an entire range of perfectly good cars in just over a decade. They're also doing a great job on the electric front and this is their latest creation, the mad RM20e.

The car, officially known as RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car, is designed as a flagship product to showcase what the electric-based, high-performance 'N' division of Hyundai can do and it takes its inspiration from the electric race car that Hyundai is currently using in the TCR series.

The name RM stands for Racing Midship, because the car is rear-wheel drive with a midship powertrain configuration. Meanwhile, the 'N' nomenclature represents two things. The Namyang R&D Center in South Korea, where the first N performance car was launched in 1995, and the Nürburgring, where each Hyundai N model is tested to make sure it's as good as it can get.

The two-seater, two-door coupe is built on an aluminium chassis and features a front splitter, a massive wing spoiler and an equally big rear air diffuser for improved aerodynamic abilities. The electric unit is 'fuelled' by a 60 kWh battery pack with 800V fast-charging capability. The interior is 100 % track-focused with Sabelt bucket seats with 6-point harness and a tailor made instrument cluster. It's powered by an all-electric unit putting out 810 hp and 708 lb-ft of torque, which means that 0-60 is dealt with in under 3 seconds and 0-124 mph (200 kph) only takes 9.88 seconds.

Hyundai is one of only two car companies with ICE, hybrid, electric and hydrogen cars in their line-up* (the other one being Honda**) and the company has recently partnered up with Rimac, which is quickly becoming Europe's leader in battery technology. They say they want to introduced at least 44 'eco-friendly' models by 2025 - by which they mean (I presume) either hybrid or BEV/FCEV - and if this is the sort of car they've got in mind, well, I'm game.

*production cars only

**Toyota has the Mirai, which is a hydrogen car, and a bunch of hybrids but amazingly the company doesn't sell any BEVs (battery-powered all-electric)

Join In

Comments (5)

  • While Im still not the biggest fan of electric cars, the performance of this is simply amazing and it still looks good.

      21 days ago
  • Looks brilliant and belongs in a JDM meet even though it’s Korean.

    They should sell one looking like that with a 400 bhp ICE. That would be fantastic.

      21 days ago
  • That's one mighty hot hatch! That diffuser is gonzo bonkers!!

    Love it. Hyundai has some amazing design lately. They have really upped the ante and it seems the others have their eyes open because Hyundai is now the company to watch.

    Rimac? They aren't playin either. Gonna be HUGE. Maybe reshape a nation huge.

      22 days ago
    • Agree ... I recently bought a i30n Fastback.... I’ve owned around 35 cars in my lifetime,and for a first attempt it really is a great car , it comes alive on A and B roads . There customer services have been brilliant as well .

        21 days ago
  • I want to see a big explosion in the middle of its run.😃

      20 days ago

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Post sponsored by

Have you ever used an OBD tool to diagnose your car or clear fault codes?
All the Ferrari-engined cars have been downgraded in F1 2020
The BMW i8 has been reborn as this super weird $1m Italian Supercar
5