Think of it as Hyundai's answer to the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport or TCR.
Remember that mysterious Hyundai i30 N prototype spotted last month at the Nürburgring? The secret is now out as we’re looking at the new Project C, a limited-run special edition bound to be sold exclusively in Europe. Based on the 271-bhp version of the hot hatch, the track-focused variant will be produced in only 600 examples.
Hyundai’s answer to the VW Golf GTI Clubsport and the more recent TCR is going to shed weight by making generous use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) materials along with lightweight 19-inch wheels derived from motorsport. The company doesn’t say how much fat it has managed to remove – it will be “notably lighter” – but we’ll remind you the standard i30 N in the spicy 271-bhp flavour tips the scales at 1,429 kilograms.
Gallery: Hyundai i30 N Project C teasers
The diet will probably reduce the time necessary to hit 62 mph, which currently stands at 6.1 seconds en route to a top speed of 155 mph. Hyundai mentions the i30 N Project C will also boast some aerodynamic tweaks as well as handling upgrades to make the car more responsive and enjoyable to drive.
That’s all the info Hyundai is willing to reveal right now, along with several images of a fully camouflaged prototype carrying an orange sticker with a stylised “C” and a layout depicting the track located at its Namyang R&D centre in South Korea. Future versions of the i30 N are expected to finally introduce the long-awaited dual-clutch automatic transmission, while an all-wheel-drive model to go after the Golf R is also possible.
Hyundai will unveil the i30 N Project C next month at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show where we’ll also get to see the all-new i10 city car as well as a fully electric design concept.
Hyundai Motor announces limited-edition i30 N Project C
i30 N Project C is a lighter, lower, corner-slicing version of the top 275-PS trim of the i30 N
The limited-edition specification, available only to European customers, is inspired by the high-performance facility at Hyundai’s Namyang R&D centre·
The i30 N Project C will premiere this September at the 2019 IAA in Frankfurt
Offenbach, 20 August 2019 — Hyundai Motor has announced a limited-edition version of the award-winning i30 N, showing the car in camouflage ahead of its world premiere. The i30 N Project C features a range of design upgrades and exhilarating dynamic touches, to further enhance the driving thrills of the i30 N.
The unique specification includes carbon-fibre reinforced plastic materials and motorsport-inspired 19-inch wheels, making the i30 N Project C notably lighter than the standard i30 N and more responsive than ever to driver input. Dedicated aerodynamic touches also contribute to the exhilarating experience behind the wheel, offering even greater driving pleasure.
First images show a camouflaged i30 N Project C with a deep-orange sticker design and a stylised upper-case ‘C’ inspired by Hyundai’s high-performance vehicle testing and development ‘Area C’ track at the Namyang R&D centre in Korea. The area is the spiritual home of Hyundai N, leading the initiation and extension of the N model lineup.
Visitors to the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) will be able to experience the public world premiere of the i30 N Project C. The new model will be strictly limited to 600 units, available in selected markets across Europe later this year.