Hyundai RM15 Racing Midship 2015 concept revealed
The Hyundai RM15 Racing Midship 2015 concept, which was spied earlier this week, has been unveiled today at the Seoul Motor Show.
THE RM15 CONCEPT is based on the Veloster RM shown at last year’s Busan Motor Show in Korea, and features an aluminium spaceframe with a covering of light, stiff body panels formed in carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), which help to reduce weight compared with a conventional all-steel vehicle. It’s also the same vehicle spied earlier this week.
The new RM15 features a host of modifications compared with the Veloster RM, that boost performance, handling and efficiency. Total weight is reduced by 195kg to 1260kg, weight distribution is evenly distributed (43% front, 57% rear), the centre of gravity is just 491mm from the ground and aerodynamic downforce is 24kg at 200km/h.
Power comes from a 2.0-litre T-GDI engine mounted transversely behind the two-seater cabin and ahead of the rear axle. The four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine generates 220kW at 6000rpm and 383Nm at 2000rpm and drives the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. That’s enough grunt to go from 0-100km in just 4.7 seconds.
Integrated sub-frame (front and rear) and a WRC-inspired roll-cage add extra stiffness to the structure, and provide a firm foundation for the aluminium double-wishbone suspension. RM15 rides on stylish 19-inch diameter mono block forged alloy wheels fitted with 235/35 R19 tires (front) and 265/35 R19 tires (rear).
“The RM15 is another bold statement of the progressive spirit of Hyundai Motor, illustrating what we can achieve when we channel our passion and enthusiasm into a product that is not limited by convention,” said Joonhong Park, Senior Vice President and head of High Performance Vehicle Development Centre at Hyundai Motor Group.
“I’m very proud to unveil the RM15 at our home motor show, where visitors have become used to seeing Hyundai Motor confidently give expression to its creative and engineering talents and energies. We intend to demonstrate our progress with high-performance technologies with other exciting prototype projects in the near future”.
Hyundai RM15 Concept – Specifications
Body style: Two-door, two-seater, mid-engined
Engine: Theta 2.0 T-GDI turbocharged gasoline direct injection
Power: 220kW at 6,000rpm
Torque: 383Nm at 2,000 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Performance: 0-100kph / 4.7sec