Ioniq 5 N prototype conquers extreme arctic environment

Hyundai has revealed details about the extreme winter testing of the Ioniq 5 N, the first high-performance, mass-production all-electric N brand model at the Hyundai Mobis Proving ground in Arjeplog, Sweden.

Given its position adjacent to the Arctic Circle, the Hyundai Mobis Proving ground in Arjeplog offers everything an automaker needs for comprehensive winter testing, such as low-grip coefficient icy surfaces and deep sub-zero temperatures as low as -30°C (-22°F). This allows Hyundai N engineers to test new models, such as the Ioniq 5 N, in the most extreme low friction conditions to achieve the optimal balance between the car’s responsive ‘fun-to-drive’ character and its ability to perform safely and predictably in sub-zero conditions.

Ioniq 5 N prototype conquers extreme arctic environment

For the Ioniq 5 N, Hyundai has combined the EV’s Electrified-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) with N’s motorsport-bred technologies and expertise to raise the bar for electrified high performance and set the stage for what is sure to become the true driving enthusiast’s choice for a year-round performance EV.

The motorsport-inspired 3 pillars of N performance - corner rascal, racetrack capability, and everyday sportscar - have long applied to N’s electrification strategy. In 2015, N brand established its vision of a sustainable future for the next generation of driving enthusiasts by showing the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo. N’s electrification strategy began with the RM20e prototype and Veloster N ETCR race car. Last year, N brand introduced the RN22e, a rolling lab designed to communicate a transfer of N’s electrification experience to the brand’s first production EV, the Ioniq 5 N, slated for launch later this year.

For the Ioniq 5 N, N brand engineers have optimized the Ioniq 5’s E-GMP’s dual-motor architecture for high performance in all driving conditions - even the frozen ice lakes of Arjeplog - with knowhow transfer of all-surface AWD capabilities demonstrated by the Hyundai i20 N WRC Rally 1 car in Sweden.

The Ioniq 5 N will be the first N brand production vehicle with all-wheel drive (AWD). N’s AWD story began in 2015 through competition in the World Rally Championship (WRC). Over eight years of WRC participation, Hyundai has earned numerous accolades, including two world championships.

The Ioniq 5 N’s corner-carving capability is further bolstered by the N Drift Optimizer, which integrates front and rear torque distribution, torque rate, suspension stiffness, steering effort and the e-LSD (electronic-Limited Slip Differential) system to create a driving mode dedicated for drifting. It helps drivers of all skill levels to enjoy drifting and it is designed with particular care for drivers who are entering the sport of drifting for the first time.

With e-LSD specifically tuned for the Ioniq 5 N, the electronic control unit monitors input from wheel sensors to accurately identify when a certain wheel needs extra torque to enhance overall vehicle grip. That means e-LSD improves handling during cornering and high-speed driving on the racetrack as well as during adverse driving conditions, such as slick ice and deep snow. The e-LSD designed specifically for the Ioniq 5 N provides quicker response and accuracy, which are especially important considering the faster reacting torque delivery of EVs compared to ICE vehicles.

In addition, the Ioniq 5 N uses N Torque Distribution that is optimized for different drive modes, allowing the driver to select the torque level to both front and rear wheels. N Torque Distribution and e-LSD work together to distribute power to all four wheels in varying ratios and are specifically designed to quickly respond to the instantaneous and seamless power delivery inherent in EVs - even in extreme low-friction conditions like those found in Arjeplog.  

In conjunction with the winter test, N brand released Hyundai N | Ioniq 5 N Teaser - Episode 1 highlighting the Ioniq 5 N’s corner carving characteristics. The film depicts the Ioniq 5 N drifting toe-to-toe with the Hyundai Motorsport’s i20 N WRC Rally 1 car. The scene is set in blue hour symbolizing the beginning of a new era for N brand as it evolves one step further to the electrified era.

Additional information and details will be released building up to the Ioniq 5 N’s global debut planned in July.

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