Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell concept hints at the future of the Performance N brand • TechCrunch

Just don’t say it’s inspired by the DeLorean.

Hyundai revealed on Thursday a hydrogen fuel cell hybrid concept vehicle called the N Vision 74 that the company says demonstrates the performance sub-brand’s vision for electrification.

The Hyundai N sub-brand, the automaker’s performance-focused arm, has been applied to a range of production vehicles since its founding in 2015, from the Hyundai Veloster N and Elantra N to the Kona N.

The N brand, a name inspired by the famous German Nürburgring race track and where Hyundai tests these models, has targeted luxury performance brands like BMW M, Mercedes AMG, Audi RS and Cadillac V-series with its N brand. .

The N Vision 74 raises the stakes. Just don’t say it’s inspired by the DeLorean.

A closer look at N Vision 74

hyundai n 74 side angle

Image Credits: abigail bassett

Hyundai calls the N Vision 74 a “rolling lab,” a kind of test bed for future products. Although there is also some history of Hyundai Pony Coupe.

The N Vision 74 pays homage to the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe concept, which was developed by legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, who also designed the Delorean. (The DeLorean made its debut in 1981 after the Pony Coupe.) It’s a detail that Sang Yup Lee, Hyundai Global Design Center and Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor Company was quick to point out.

“Don’t say they look alike, because we did it first,” Lee said during the press conference.

N Vision 74 gets a unique architecture of hybrid hydrogen and electric battery. The basis of the N Vision 74 concept lies in both a fuel cell stack and a battery pack. The fuel cell stack at the front generates 85 kW (95 kW max), while the 62.4 kWh battery is located at the rear.

The W hydrogen fuel cell converts hydrogen into electricity to charge the 62kWh battery. The car also has independent rear-mounted motors at each wheel to generate a total output of 500 kW and nearly 670 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai says that allows engineers to fine-tune the power distribution between the left and right wheels and optimally configure the N Vision 74 to handle different types of tracks.

The N Vision 74 concept has dual charging capabilities. It can be filled with hydrogen or recharged on a DC fast charger thanks to the underlying 800 volt E-GMP architecture platform. Hyundai says you can get up to 372 miles of range and a top speed of 155 mph.

The question is, of course, will this hydrogen fuel cell hybrid technology find its way into a production car?

Hyundai did not say if this type of powertrain will go into production. However, Lee concluded his presentation by stating that “The N Vision 74 Concept has undeniable Hyundai DNA and design that serves as a compass to guide our future.”

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