South Korean automaker Hyundai has provided a glimpse of the Ioniq 5 eN1 Cup, a track-specific variant of its high-performance Ioniq 5 N electric vehicle. Unveiled during the Hyundai N Festival in Seoul, the racecar boasts a distinct body kit, enhanced chassis dynamics, and reduced weight compared to the standard road version.
The exterior modifications include a more pronounced bumper with enlarged intakes, canards, and an updated splitter. Wider fenders are apparent in the profile, accompanied by a fixed rear spoiler and an imposing rear diffuser. Internally, the racecar will incorporate an FIA-approved roll cage for enhanced safety.
Notably, the Cup version is anticipated to shed 200-250 kg (441-551 lbs) compared to the production Ioniq 5 N. Weight reduction measures include the use of polycarbonate for side and rear windows, coupled with the removal of non-essential track equipment. While the racecar's curb weight is likely to remain above 2 tonnes (4,409 pounds), these changes are expected to positively impact performance.
The eN1 will feature a new adjustable suspension with pillowball joints, lowering the car by 50-70 mm (2-2.8 inches) for a more aggressive stance tailored to track dynamics. Equipped with racing slicks measuring 280/680R18, the vehicle will also come with an air jack lift and high-performance brakes featuring 6-piston calipers at the front and 4-piston calipers at the rear on specialized racing pads.
The presentation did not disclose the power output, suggesting the eN1 will likely retain the dual electric motors generating up to 641 hp (478 kW / 650 PS) in N Grin Boost mode. The 84 kWh battery pack is expected to retain its configuration with added protective measures and high-voltage warnings.
Hyundai emphasized that each racing team will have access to a unique version of the N Active Sound+ system, offering customizable fake exhaust sounds. Additionally, racing drivers can utilize the N Grin Boost for added power during overtaking and the N e-Shift function for virtual gears.
Car Scene Korea reports that the development of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 eN1 Cup car is set to conclude in February 2024, with its racing debut anticipated in May 2024 as part of a new single-car series in Korea.