Hyundai i30 N Project C World Premiere at 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show: The Original "Namyang + Nürburgring" Icon Gets Special Treatment

  • i30 N Project C: a lighter, lower, more aggressive version of the top 275-PS spec i30 N five-door
  • Available only to European customers, Project C is strictly limited to 600 units
  • ‘C’ stands for 3 things: ‘Area C’ high-performance test circuit at Hyundai Namyang R&D; carbon fibre – a Hyundai first; centre of gravity lowered the right amount so customers know we care about performance without sacrificing dynamics.
  • Exclusive specification inspired by – and tested at – both Namyang R&D and the Nürburgring Nordschleife
  • Set to debut on Hyundai stand 11 September at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show


OFFENBACH, September 10, 2019
— At this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Hyundai Motor launches the i30 N Project C limited edition, a lighter, lower and more extreme version of the critically acclaimed i30 N. The Project C interpretation of the brand’s first-ever high-performance model intensifies the i30 N experience using ‘added lightness’ and even more responsive handling – for more smiles for our most demanding drivers. It is 50 kgs lighter (officially: 50.004 kgs lighter), sits 6 mm closer to the road, and features strong exterior and interior design.

Inspired by motorsport, the i30 N is Hyundai Motor’s original high-performance car to wear the N badge and debuted in 2017 to rave reviews and multiple awards. Built on the i30 five-door, it was developed from the ground up to deliver maximum fun-to-drive in everyday life on the road as well as on the track. N is Hyundai Europe’s emotional expression for dedicated customers, and Project C is its truest expression yet.

The i30 N Project C’s unique specifications include clearly visible carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body parts lacquered smooth to show the perfect carbon fibre weave. The front splitter, rear diffuser, bonnet and N-branded side sills are all made from CFRP, making the special edition model not just lighter but also tighter to the tarmac at speed while being stunning to look at. Despite featuring a larger frontal area and standing lower to the ground, the Project C drag coefficient of 0.32 remains the same as on the i30 N. Meanwhile, dedicated aerodynamic touches placed high and low on Project C also contribute to an exhilaratingly quicker but even more steady drive for confident curve slicing.

Why the letter ‘C’ specifically? First, the ‘Area C’ high-performance test track at Hyundai Namyang R&D Center is the birthplace of N. Then also, Project C is the first use ever made by Hyundai of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body parts for a road car. Lastly, the effective centre of gravity for Project C is lowered by 8.8 mm as compared to the 275-PS specification of i30 N. These three Cs combine to make this captivating performance car possible.

"The i30 N Project C is the next emotional step in following the success of the i30 N, demonstrating that Hyundai is pushing the envelope even more to excite motorsport enthusiasts," says Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Motor Group’s Product Division. "With this limited edition, we have strategically reduced the weight of the car where it can help most, made its overall handling more immediate and optimised its design for even greater performance."

i30 N Project C cuts weight with CFRP and aluminium
With the i30 N Project C, Hyundai has made no compromises in order to optimise the i30 N's high-performance credentials. The forged OZ racing wheels play a big part in vital unsprung weight reduction. The imposing 19-inch wheels alone account for 22 kgs of shed weight.

Using CFRP in the bonnet (-7.2 kgs), both side sills (-499 grams each), front splitter (+240 grams of pure aerodynamic function and good looks), newly designed integrated rear diffuser (-386 grams) as well as the lighter manually operated Sabelt® competition front bucket seats with CFRP backings  (-7.5 kgs each), helps account for the lost weight. The Sabelt seats also provide the driver and front passenger with perfect lateral and shoulder support in an enhanced seating position geared toward performance driving.

Power remains 275 PS and overboost-torque at 378 Nm as with the i30 N with Performance Package, while the i30 N Project C’s reduced weight and added responsiveness make for noticeably enhanced feedback to the driver.

Optimised dynamics
"The steering and suspension on i30 N Project C are considered a benchmark for the most enthusiastic i30 N drivers,” explains Alexander Eichler, Head of High Performance Vehicle Test and Development at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center. “'Project C' refers specifically to the Namyang R&D Center's high-performance circuit called 'Area C'. But the car has been equally dialed in at the Nürburgring Hyundai Technical Center in Meuspath."

The i30 N Project C is 6 mm closer to the road – with centre of gravity height effectively 8.8 mm lower – thanks to new internal calibrations for the existing i30 N dampers and new shorter higher-stiffness suspension springs. The rear wheel hangers – or ‘knuckles’ – at the hubs together remove a surprising 4.66 kgs as here they are made from aluminium not steel. Project C also has the rear cargo zone stiffness bar of the i30 N’s Performance Package for greater overall balance at higher speeds and particularly during aggressive weight transfers in curves.

Meanwhile, all driving modes have been specifically calibrated for Project C, and both the Sport and N drive modes give drivers greater direct feedback for an even stronger fun-to-drive effect. The extremely dynamic N mode in this case is designed for the required agility and predictability while on race-track quality tarmac in the hands of more experienced drivers.

A sleek and seriously functional design
The Project C interior features Alcantara® highlights, most noticeably around the steering wheel, handbrake and manual shift lever. Like many of the changes inside the car, the brushed aluminium billet manual shift knob – shaped like a pistonhead – combines functionality and design, fitting perfectly in the hand for the short precise shifts. Not only the brake calipers outside but also all seat belts inside feature the Deep Orange colour theme used for Project C details. The look of the completely new Sabelt bucket seats also gets Deep Orange stitching and stripes. And now in Deep Orange are the drive mode and N-mode thumb paddles on the steering wheel. A limited edition xx/600 badge on the passenger side signals the exclusiveness of this limited edition.

The exterior design is dominated by dark matte grey, with all CFRP parts presenting the coveted carbon fibre weave in high gloss.

With Project C, Hyundai pushes the limits of the i30 N, providing an all-new experience as well as pure dynamic and responsive satisfaction.

Visitors to the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) will be able to experience the public world premiere of the i30 N Project C on 11 September. The new model will be strictly limited to 600 units, and starts deliveries in select markets across Europe later this year.

Technical specifications 

GASOLINE: THETA 2.0 T-GDI with Performance Package (275PS)

Type

THETA 2.0 T-GDI, 16-valve MLA, DOHC E-CVVT

Capacity

1998 cc

Bore x stroke

86.0 x 86.0 mm

Compression ratio

9.5

Power

275 PS (202 kW) @ 6000 rpm

Torque

353 Nm @ 1450 ~ 4700 rpm
378 Nm with Overboost Function @ 1750-4200rpm

Turbocharger boost pressure

2.3 bar max

Maximum speed (km/h)

250

0-100 km/h (seconds)

6.0

CO2 combined (g/km NEDC 2.0 target)*

176*

Fuel Consumption combined
(l/100 km)*

7.1*

Fuel Consumption urban
(l/100 km)*

9.7*

Fuel Consumption extra-urban
(l/100 km)*

5.7*

 

Transmission

Engine

THETA 2.0 T-GDI

275 PS

Manual

6-speed

 

Gear ratios

 

THETA 2.0 T-GDI

275PS

1st

3.083

2nd

1.931

3rd

1.696

4th

1.276

5th

1.027

6th

0.854

Rev.

3.588

Final drive

4.333 (1/2/R)

3.250 (3/4/5/6)

 

Suspension

Front

McPherson Strut

Rear

Multi-Link

 

Steering

Type

R-MDPS (RACK TYPE MOTOR DRIVEN POWER STEERING)

Steering gear ratio

12.31 (@360°)

Turning radius

5.8 metres

Steering wheel turns lock-to-lock

2.14

 

Brakes

Front

Disc Type,18"

Rear

Disc Type,17" (HAND PARKING)

Master cylinder

Φ23.81

Booster size

10" (LHD,RHD)

 

Wheels and tires

Wheel type                             

Tires

8.0Jx19 AL

235/35R19

f/r track widths

Project C standard w/PP

 

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior

Overall length

4371

Overall width

1795

Overall height

1439

Wheelbase

2650

Front overhang

933

Rear overhang

788

Ground clearance

126

Coefficient of drag (Cd)

0.32

 

Interior

 

Front

Rear

Head room

994

977

Leg room

1,073

883

Shoulder room

1,427

1,406

 

Capacities (litres)

Fuel tank

50

Luggage (with rear stiffness bar)

Minimum: 381

Maximum: 1,287

 

Weights** (kg) 

 

THETA 2.0 T-GDI

275PS Project C

Curb weight

1,395kg

Gross vehicle weight

1,910kg


*CO2 emissions and fuel consumption based on official NEDC cycles.

**Manufacturer’s estimates

 

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About Hyundai Motor Europe HQ
Hyundai Motor Europe HQ was formally established in 2000 with its main office in Offenbach, Germany. Hyundai currently sells cars in 41 European countries through 3,000 outlets and in 2018 achieved registrations of 543,292 vehicles in the region – an increase of 3.9 percent compared to 2017, a higher rate than the market average. 2018 was the fourth consecutive year with a record sales result. 75 percent of the vehicles Hyundai sold in the region are models designed, engineered, tested and built in Europe to meet the needs of European customers, served by the company’s extensive European infrastructure. This includes two factories in the Czech Republic and Turkey, which have a combined annual capacity of 600,000 units. Hyundai is proud to offer the youngest product line-up in Europe: 90 per cent of the models are less than two years old.

Hyundai offers its unique Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package with all new cars sold in the region, providing customers with a five-year warranty with no mileage limit, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.

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Contacts

Matthew Davis                                                 
Product PR Manager                                        
mdavis@hyundai-europe.com                          
+49(0)69 271472 – 419                                    

Jana Uppendahl
Product PR Specialist
juppendahl@hyundai-europe.com 
+49(0)69 271472 - 462

 

About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond with its range of world-class vehicles and mobility services offered available in more than 200 countries. Employing more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai sold more than 4.5 million vehicles globally. Hyundai continues to enhance its product line-up with vehicles that are helping to build solutions for a more sustainable future, such as NEXO – the world’s first dedicated hydrogen-powered SUV.

 

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