HHyundai organized the N Festival in Korea, an event dedicated to the brand’s racing achievements for 2023. However, the event ultimately brought much more than its destination as, among the announcements of the Koreans, the first images of the Ioniq 5 eN1 are also revealed Cup, a racing version of the electric hot model that is in the process of development.
Along with the first images, Hyundai released the first details about the technical characteristics of the version in question. Starting with its appearance, however, the Ioniq 5 eN1 Cup features an even sharper bodykit, a larger aerodynamic diffuser, even larger air intakes and a not-so-subtle spoiler. As befits its genre, it gets 18-inch wheels with slick 280/680 tires and a sport-oriented adjustable firmer suspension that lowers the ground clearance by 7.0(!) centimeters.
The braking system has also been strengthened, consisting of six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston calipers at the rear. Also included in its equipment is an air jack that allows quick tire changes. In the same racing pattern, the interior features an FIA-spec roll cage while further battery protection measures have been taken. In addition, it is equipped with a safety system that disconnects it in case its temperature rises above the permissible limits.
The most important change, however, comes from thorough interventions aimed at reducing weight. Although Hyundai does not release details of how, it announces that it has managed to reduce the weight by 250 kg without also the Korean firm has not yet announced the size of the weight even for the “simple” Ioniq 5 N presented last July.
Like the regular Ioniq 5 N, the Ioniq 5 eN1 Cup features an artificially simulated engine sound while allowing the driver to shift gears in a manner that simulates the operation of an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission thanks to the N E-Shift system.
It should be noted that the Ioniq 5 eN1 Cup was not created as a design study of how a racing version of the Ioniq 5 N might look, as it plans to put it into racing action from May 2024 in a local electric championship it plans to organized by Hyundai.