- The i30 N Project C is 50kg lighter than the standard model.
- Only 600 units will be made.
- The Hyundai i30 N Project C is exclusive to the European markets.
Hyundai has taken the wraps off the i30 N Project C at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. According to Hyundai, the i30 N Project C is ‘a lighter, lower, more aggressive version’ of the i30 N Performance. Only 600 units of the hot hatch will be made, and it will be sold exclusively in the European markets.
Hyundai claims the ‘C’ in the name stands for ‘carbon fibre’, ‘centre of gravity’ and the ‘Area C’ at the Namyang R&D high-performance test circuit. Besides, the major difference between the i30 N and Project C is its weight. The car is 50kg lighter than the i30 N, which is largely because of the 19-inch OZ Racing alloy wheels that save 22kg. Other weight-saving measures include certain carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic bits like a new front splitter, bonnet, rear diffuser and N-branded side skirts. Then there are the front bucket seats with carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic backings.
Powering the Hyundai i30 N Project C is a 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol motor that pumps out 271bhp and 353 Nm of torque, and up to 378 Nm with over-boost enabled.
Inside, the i30 N Project C features ‘Deep Orange’ accents to distinguish itself from the standard model. Then there are the orange-finished dedicated Drive Mode and N-mode thumb paddles on the steering wheel, and a limited-edition badge on the dashboard that marks the number of each of the 600 cars.