Hyundai RM20e is 799bhp test bed for electric N performance cars

Marco Green
September 28, 2020

The automaker has unveiled an RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car that not only promises to boost its motorsport plans, but reflects the "next generation" of N performance cars - it's billed as the company's first "high-performance" electric sports car of any kind.

Along with the RM20e's world premiere and Prophecy's debut in China, Hyundai also launches the high-performance Elantra N TCR, Hyundai's latest "touring auto racing" model that is slated to join circuit racing competitions starting in 2021.

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. Given enough room, the rear-wheel drive RM20e will hit a top speed in excess of 155 miles per hour (250 km/h).

Hyundai adds fuel to the fire by highlighting racecar levels of performance while retaining "daily-driver quietness, responsiveness, and road-going capability", paving the way for a production model at some point in the nearest of futures.

2020 Hyundai RM20e
RM20e: Hyundai makes a mid-engined electric racer

This photo taken September 26, 2020, shows the all-electric RM20e concept unveiled at the 16th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition being held in the China International Exhibition Center from September 26 to October 5.

Hyundai recently revealed a partnership with Rimac, Croatian purveyors of cutting-edge EV tech.

Hyundai said the prototype's RM platform will "continue to evolve along with the growth of this Rimac" and that taking its N brand into "the forefront of environmental responsibility" forms a part of its plan to introduce 44 electrified models by 2025.

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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