2020 Hyundai i30 N Project C debuts in Frankfurt

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Hyundai has unveiled a lighter, sharper version of its i30 N hot hatch, dubbed the Project C.

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Limited to just 600 units, all of which will be sold in Europe, the main focus of the Project C is saving weight. Hyundai claims it has lost 50 kilograms over the standard N, nearly half of which is attributed to a set of 22kg-lighter, forged 19-inch OZ Racing wheels.

Carbon-fibre reinforced plastic has been used heavily in the C’s body panels, with a CFRP bonnet, side skirts and diffuser saving 7.2kg, 499 grams and 386 grams respectively.

Sportier suspension has been fitted, with aluminium rear wheel hangers that shave 4.66kg of weight. Tweaked dampers and stiffer springs also result in a 6mm lower ride height and an 8.8mm lower centre of gravity.

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Inside, the standard suede-leather sports seats have been replaced with a pair of race-inspired, CFRP-backed Sabelt bucket seats trimmed in Alcantara and leather, which save 7.5kg each. Hyundai has added an Alcantara steering wheel, handbrake and shift boot and an aluminium shift knob, plus Deep Orange highlights on the drive mode buttons, contrast stitching and seat centres.

The Project C name refers to the secret ‘Area C’ testing circuit at the Korean brand’s R&D centre in Namyang on which the limited-run hatch was developed, in addition to its lowered centre of gravity.

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The N Performance’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine has been carried over to the Project C, with outputs remaining at 202kW of power and 353Nm of torque (or 378Nm on overboost). However, the reduced weight results in a 6.0-second 0-100km/h time, 0.2 seconds faster than the base car.

 

The 2020 Hyundai i30 N Project C makes its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show this week, ahead of 600 examples landing in European driveways later this year.

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