The future depends on electric vehicles or some fancy futuristic technology like hydrogen powertrains. Some automotive giants like Tesla, Hyundai, Chevrolet and other large innovative automakers have realized this and want to reduce their carbon footprint as soon as possible. While most automakers try to provide buyers with efficient electric vehicles, some automakers are forging ahead with high-performance electric vehicles.
Last month, hyundai unveiled two high-performance N-branded concepts, the RN22e and N Vision 74, embodying the South Korean automaker’s vision for electrification. The N Vision 74 pays homage to the 1974 Hyundai Pony Concept and its designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro. Although the concept did not actually exist, Hyundai decided to revive the concept and give it another try with futuristic technology.
The N Vision is primarily based on the design of the 1974 Pony Coupe Concept, but the designers added modern design cues with a clean design, sporty elements and pixel parametric lighting technology. Although there is a lot to discuss, let’s discuss the best feature of the N Vision 74 in detail.
The Hyundai N Vision 74’s hydrogen hybrid powertrain is its specialty
Hyundai has been one of the most innovative automakers of the past decade, and its Nexo is one of the most distinctive vehicles on the market. While other automakers are busy developing battery-powered electric vehicles, Hyundai has added its innovation by introducing a hydrogen-powered hybrid powertrain, and we’re impressed with its distinct approach.
The upcoming N Vision 74 will be powered by a hybrid hydrogen unit where the engine runs on hydrogen and electricity. As evidenced by Hyundai’s press release, the N Vision 74 will be rear-wheel drive, unlike the RN22e, which is all-wheel drive. The N Vision 74 will be powered by a single high-performance permanent synchronous electric motor capable of producing an insane 670 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of pure punch.
Hyundai has based the N Vision 74 on the Global Electric Modular Platform (E-GMP), which also underpins the Ioniq 6 and RN22e. The dedicated EV platform allowed them to mount a flat 62.4 kWh battery and a fuel tank that could carry about 9.25 pounds of hydrogen.
Hyundai N Vision 74: performance, mileage and charging
With a capable 670 horsepower electric motor, the N Vision 74 is sure to be a crazy machine and, apparently, the most powerful hydrogen car to date. While we don’t know its exact acceleration numbers, we expect it to hit the 60 mph mark in under four seconds and cover the quarter mile in under 10.5 seconds. According to Hyundai, it has a top speed of 155mph, but we expect a lot more.
Since the N Vision 74 is a hybrid car, it’s bound to have good mileage. The car has a large fuel tank that can carry 9.25 pounds of hydrogen, which is equivalent to an 85-95 kW battery. In addition to this, a 62.4 kWh flat battery will be mounted on the chassis, and for charging, it will come standard with a 400V charger, which will take about an hour to fully charge the battery. In addition, an 800V charger will be available. It will only take 5 minutes to fill up, and once that’s done, the car can easily go up to 372 miles.
High performance comes with warming up and a gradual decline in performance. To ensure that there is good heat management and that the powertrain does not overheat, Hyundai has fitted the engine with a “Racetrack Enhanced Cooling System”. This cooling system provides excellent cooling performance to keep the temperature of the battery, motor and other mechanical parts low to ensure unparalleled performance on the trails.
The Hyundai N Vision 74 demonstrates commanding driving dynamics
As Hyundai’s first hydrogen sports car, the N Vision 74 has some serious driving characteristics. The N Vision 74 are based on the E-GMP platform, designed to support Hyundai electric vehicles. The EV-centric chassis helped engineers mount a specially designed flat battery to the chassis. This clever engineering helps with proper front-to-rear weight distribution, which lowers the center of gravity. This reduces understeer and improves overall handling.
While the N Vision 74 is a rear-wheel-drive sports car, engineers placed the electric motor in the front, the battery cells in the middle, and two hydrogen tanks in the back. This design provides good weight distribution and helps the car stay stable even at high speeds. To further reduce overall curb weight, engineers meticulously crafted light and strong 3D printed parts to reduce overall curb weight.
For sportier and more balanced handling, the electric motor features e-TVTC (Electronic Torque Vectoring by Twin Clutch) technology to deliver dynamic torque distribution to each rear wheel. This helps the driver to have better stability in tight turns and provides better driving confidence. For responsive and robust braking capabilities, the wheels are mated to high-performance 15.7-inch vented disc brakes and monobloc four-piston calipers.
With all this, the upcoming Hyundai N Vision 74 will make a strong impression on the market. The retro-yet-sporty-sleek styling, sports-car-centric interior, and powerful and efficient hybrid powertrain are sure to appeal to a ton of buyers, and we expect Hyundai to give other vehicles some stiff competition. luxury electric cars like the Lucid Air, Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan. As of now, Hyundai has yet to reveal the price and launch date of the N Vision 74. However, we expect its price to be north of $70,000.
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