Hyundai’s RM20e Prototype Is A 799 HP Electric Sports Car

Andrew Cummings
September 28, 2020

RM stands for "racing midship", and refers to the car's mid-mounted electric motor, which is said to offer "ideal balance and agility from a low polar-moment of inertia" - meaning it is easier to rotate the vehicle about its axis.

In a statement, Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice President Thomas Schemera said that "the RM20e sports vehicle prototype clearly signals future electrified brand aspirations for Hyundai's performance N brand, moving N into the prestigious genre of supercar-level performance", adding that the "RM20e proves that N driving excitement will not be compromised, even in electrified model variants".

Billed as a rolling engineering lab, the prototype is track-focused and features a carbon fiber front splitter as well as extended fenders that house 19- and 20-inch forged alloy wheels. What's new is electrification, with four electric motors onboard that deliver a total of 810 hp and 960 Nm (708 lb-ft), propelling the RM20e from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than three seconds, on the way to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.88 seconds.

The machine also claims a top speed over 155MPH. Hyundai says it balances these "race-car-like levels of performance, balance, braking and grip" with "daily-driver quietness, responsiveness and road-going capability". Shown at this year's Beijing Automotive Exhibition, the new auto puts out just under 600bhp - thanks to an electric powertrain in the middle of the vehicle.

The Hyundai RM20e also serves as a testing bed for new technologies and will help continue the development of the electrified RM platform with the help of Rimac - yes, the same guys behind the C_Two hypercar. "RM20e proves that N driving excitement will not be compromised, even in electrified model variants".

Using a Hyundai Veloster N body, the RM20e has a mid-mounted 800-volt electric motor sending 596kW and 960Nm to the rear wheels.

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