WATCH | Hyundai creates RWD 600kW RM20e sports car

RME20. Image: Quickpic
RME20. Image: Quickpic

• Hyundai is showing off an electric sports car prototype. 

• It's called the RM20e and it is a look into the future of performance electric cars for the brand.

• It is powered by a midship electric motor with 596kW and 960Nm. 

Hyundai introduced the next-generation electrified RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car to the world at the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2020.

The RM nomenclature refers to the N prototype model's "Racing Midship" rear-drive, midship powertrain configuration. 

Hyundai says the RM platform provides an engineering "rolling lab" for testing high performance technologies. This inherent balance and grip is also essential to help connect RM20e's 596kW and 960Nm of torque.


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"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.

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


Featuring an electric motor with 596kW and 960Nm of torque, the RM20e is expected to reach 100km/h from standstill in less than 3 seconds and 200km/h at 9.88 seconds.

The RM20e uses its midship-based motor placement and rear-drive layout to achieve the traction required for this level of acceleration. RM20e combines race-car levels of performance, balance, braking and grip while retaining the quietness, responsiveness and road-going capability for daily driving, says the South Korean company.

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Joint venture with Rimac

Hyundai's recent investment and strategic partnership with Rimac Automobili has enabled co-development of both BEV and FCEV prototypes. The electrified RM platform will continue to evolve along with the growth of this RIMAC partnership.

Hyundai has a target of 44 eco-friendly models by 2025 to bring to market. 

"The RM20e sports car prototype clearly signals future electrified brand aspirations for Hyundai's performance N brand, moving N into the prestigious genre of supercar-level performance," said Thomas Schemera, executive vice president and head of Product Division at the Hyundai Motor Group.

"The RM20e proves that N-driving excitement will not be compromised, even in electrified model variants."


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