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Hyundai teases electric race car and 45 concept for Frankfurt debut

September 04, 2019, 02:59 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
Hyundai teases electric race car and 45 concept for Frankfurt debut

-         The Hyundai N developed electric race car could be the Veloster based. 

-         And the 45 Concept will preview a future EV design

-         Will break cover next week alongside i10, i30 and probably new Tucson

Ahead of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, Hyundai has previewed two electric show cars – a Veloster-based racer and a 45 Concept. The former, we think was spotted testing recently at the Nurburgring, while the latter will be a futuristic-looking concept previewing the carmaker’s upcoming design language of electric vehicles. 

Hyundai claims that the 45 fully-electric concept is inspired by the brand’s first model from the 1970s. The angular shape of the concept in the teaser doesn’t reveal much but the carmaker says that it revolves around ‘sensuous sportiness’ design language. Similar to the Honda e Concept, the 45 will have digital exterior panels with minimalistic creases and elements. No technical details are available at the moment, but we guess the dimension of the 45 Concept should be similar to the i30 hatchback. Even the powertrain could be new and won’t be shared with the Kona EV. 

The race car, on the other hand, will be an interesting exhibit at Hyundai Motorsport stand. As seen in the teaser, under the veil, the electric race car shares everything with the Veloster RM19 prototype that our sleuths spotted a few days ago. The massively flared wheel arches and added aero bits on the front are hard to miss while the large wing and protruding diffusers are also present. The electric racecar will be finished in N division’s livery and unlike the black wheels seen on our prototype, it will sit on red coloured multi-spoke wheels. 

Hyundai says that the yet unnamed electric race car is built at the company’s headquarters in Azenau. But the teaser comes from their Customer Racing workshop featuring WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup champion Gabriele Tarquini as a mad scientist trying to ‘plug-in’ the new race car (giving out a Frankenstein vibe). 

The 45 Concept and electric race car will be joined by the newly-revealed Euro-spec i10 at the Frankfurt stage. Apart from that, different versions of the i30, new-gen Tucson and N-Line variants of other models might also be displayed alongside.

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