The LA Motor Show is on and there’s a stack of announcments dropping. Hyundai has introduced the RM19 Racing Midship Sports Car. The project kicked off in 2012 called RM (Racing Midship) with the intention to develop high-performance motorsports technologies with future N models.
Albert Biermann, head of global research and development for Hyundai Motor Company said, “The RM platform is a versatile engineering testbed, allowing effective evaluation of various powertrains and performance levels, all on normal roads and environments,”
“Throughout the evolution of the RM series, our engineers have gained tremendous hands-on knowledge of high performance vehicle dynamics with various front-to-rear weight distributions coupled with the effects of a fully-weighted, high-strength body structure on vehicle performance.”
The RM19 scores a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that produces around 290kW. It will bolt to 100km in under four seconds. For those familiar with the TCR racecars, it basically shares the same engine.
But the RM19 offers extra boost of its output because it’s not regulated by the restrictions of that race class.
The RM19 offers racecar-like levels of performance, balance, braking and grip while retaining daily road-going capability.
Aside from a petrol donk there’s also HEV, PHEV, BEV and FCEV (Fuel Cell Eletric Vehcile).
Thomas Schemera, executive vice president and head of Hyundai Motor Group’s Product Division added. “The RM19 sports car signals future brand aspirations for Hyundai’s high-performance N brand, solidly moving N into the prestigious arena of supercar-level performance,” said. “Hyundai N will not only increase heartbeats per minute via powerful internal combustion engines, but also through the instantaneous torque and environmental sustainability of electrified powertrains moving forward.”
Chris was EFTM’s Motoring Editor for many years, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.
He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.
Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.
Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.
He has now left EFTM, and writes freelance and runs his own Facebook Page “Bowen’s Garage”