Hyundai i30 N Project C Is A Lighter Carbon-Fiber Sport Car

Hyundai sells a sporty version of its Elantra GT overseas. It’s called the i30 N (the Elantra GT is badged an i30 outside the United States) and comes with the same mechanicals as the Veloster N.

Now, there is a more hardcore version of the car called the Project C, a reference to the Area C test track at Hyundai’s Namyang R&D center in Korea. It was revealed on Tuesday at the Frankfurt International Motor Show.

According to the spokesperson, Hyundai SA’s initial plan is to bring in 50 units of the hot hatch per year, although we suspect that number could change depending on how well the i30 N is received by local buyers.

Interestingly, he added the front-driven hot hatch would be retailed through just 12 of the local distributor’s 100+ dealerships dotted round the country. Pricing, of course, has yet to be confirmed.

The Project C focuses on lightness and grip rather than power, so the engine is carried over from the i30 N with the Performance Package. The tuned turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 271 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque at 1,450 rpm (279 lb-ft in overboost). Hyundai did retune the drive modes for better responsiveness and claims zero to 62 mph in 6.0 seconds and a 155-mph top speed.

More important is the car’s heft. The Project C has a curb weight of 3,075 pounds, which is approximately 110 pounds lighter than the i30 N. Much of that reduction is accomplished with carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), which has not been used on a production Hyundai road car before.

This weight difference doesn’t have a big impact on the car’s claimed acceleration from naught to 100 km/h (62 mph) which drops from 6.1 seconds to 6 seconds; top speed remains the same: 250 km/h (155 mph).

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