The Hyundai Ioniq 5 exceeded many expectations as an EV. The manufacturer is also working on a high-performance version of the Ioniq 5, which will be called the Ioniq 5 N, and has just entered final testing. Hyundai is testing the Ioniq 5 at the Nürburgring, considered one of the most difficult circuits in the world.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N will make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with exclusive N-stand and hillclimb demonstrations. The event is planned for July. Hyundai says the development of the Ioniq 5 N is based on the three pillars of N performance – Corner Rascal, Racetrack Capability and Everyday Sportscar. Compared to the standard Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 5 N has cosmetic and mechanical upgrades.
The Ioniq 5 N shares the E-GMP platform with the Ioniq and Kia EV6. The manufacturer paid special attention to the thermal management of the Ioniq 5 N. It gains a larger cooling surface area through N-specific high-efficiency radiator packaging, an enhanced oil cooler and battery cooler. There are also new thermal management solutions as well as N Battery Preconditioning and N Race.
N battery preconditioning presets the temperature of the battery cells to the most energy-efficient temperature. The battery pre-processing function is divided into two modes, “drag” mode and “tracking” mode, to adapt to different performance driving scenarios. In Drag mode, the optimum temperature is set for immediate use of maximum power, while in Track mode, the lowest possible battery temperature is optimized for increased lap times.
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N Race gives the driver more direct control over the car’s energy use, prioritizing “sprint” or “endurance” driving. “Sprint” is the default state for the IONIQ 5 N, prioritizing the driver’s on-demand full power. “Endurance” is a setting that maximizes the IONIQ 5 N’s range on the track. This is achieved by limiting sudden power spikes, which slows temperature rise and improves durability.
N Battery Preconditioning and N Race are a direct result of the N brand’s motorsport-derived approach. This helps the driver to strategize energy consumption to maximize performance or extend service life. While this type of setting change would normally require a team of mechanics and equipment, the IONIQ 5 N makes it easy with just a few button presses.
First published date: Jun 23, 2023 at 11:58 AM CST