Hyundai RM19 Prototype is a fire-breathing, mid-engined Veloster
Just unveiled at the 2019 LA Auto Show, this is the Hyundai RM19, a prototype mid-engined super sports car derived from the company's Veloster racecar.
Hyundai is hinting that it may actually offer a version of this 390-horsepower, rear-engined car for sale.
Wide body? Check. Super-sticky circuit rubber? Check. Big-ass wing and diffuser? Check and check.
The RM19 prototype's interior is clearly Veloster based, but with a layer of race-ready equipment.
The RM19 features a 2.0-liter turbo engine that's actually more powerful than the one in Hyundai's turn-key factory touring car -- largely because it's not bound by TCR "Balance of Power" racing series restrictions.
Hyundai is quoting 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph, numbers that almost seem a bit ordinary, but this body clearly prioritizes downforce over outright speed.
Like other Hyundai N models, the RM19 has been tuned extensively on Germany's legendary Nurburgring racetrack.
Hyundai established a nearly 12,000-square-foot testing center at the 'Ring, in part to help bring cars like this to fruition.
The RM19 features a fully adjustable suspension and competition-spec brakes, including six-piston calipers up front and four-piston units out back. The binders feature Bosch Motorsport's ABS M5 kit, designed specifically for racing.
Hyundai is hinting that it could electrify the RM19's powertrain, which would provide instant torque.
Hyundai has yet to confirm it will actually build and sell a series version of the Veloster-based RM19, but it does seem to be leaning in that direction.
If the RM19 does come to market, expect it to be very rare and very expensive -- the Veloster N TCR upon which it is based costs racing teams a cool $155,000.
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