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Hyundai's RM19 prototype is a fun little firecracker

I wish more cars drove like this mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive hatchback.

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Say hello to Hyundai's RM19 prototype.

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This one-off race car first debuted at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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It's based on the Veloster N TCR race car, which is based on the road-going Veloster N.

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The RM19 is a full 5 inches wider than a standard Veloster N.

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Those fat fender flares house huge tires -- 20-inch wheels in back, wrapped in 305-section rubber.

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Power comes from a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine -- a version of the one used in the Veloster N.

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But unlike the Veloster N, which makes 275 horsepower, the RM19 turns the wick up to roughly 390 hp.

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Hyundai has no current plans to make a production version of the RM19.

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That said, the RM19 could evolve to house an electrified powertrain someday.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the Hyundai RM19 prototype.

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