Beijing Auto Show: Hyundai premieres RM20e electric racing midship sports vehicle

Daniel Fowler
September 28, 2020

"RM20e represents a revolutionary new chapter of electrified performance for the Racing Midship series, and our N engineers continue to garner valuable insights in the arena of zero-emission performance dynamics".

The RM20e boasts 810 hp and 960 Nm of torque and is capable of 0-100 sprint times of under three seconds.

Hyundai is stepping up their electric vehicle efforts in the most exciting way possible with their introduction of the all-new RM20e. Despite this, it will never hit production - all RM-badged concepts are being designed exclusively to collect test data on certain innovative features and then implement said features in the Hyundai N series. Since the project's initiation, RM models have undergone extensive road testing to validate newly developed technologies, evaluate their effects on performance, and improve them for subsequent applications on future N models.

RM20e stands for Racing Midship, and that's because the Hyundai places its electric powertrain in the middle of the vehicle, and drives power to the rear wheels only.

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Last year, the brand unwrapped the similarly conceived Veloster N eTCR as its first electric race vehicle, set to compete in the new eTCR electric touring auto series but unable to be driven on public roads. It's hoping to deliver 44 eco-friendly models by 2025, and that clearly involves N sports cars.

"Our new electrified RM20e pushes the proven RM platform forcefully into a new, environmentally-focused decade of the 21stcentury, stretching the performance envelope of electrification on normal road environments", said Albert Biermann, president and head of the Research and Development Division at the Hyundai.

Hyundai didn't mention the EV's range, but confirmed that it has a 60 kWh battery pack and 800V fast-charging capability. "Less than three seconds" according to Hyundai, and zero to 124 miles per hour or 200 kph takes 9.88 seconds.

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