Hyundai i30 N Project C officially unveiled

Hyundai officially unveiled the new i30 N Project C at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. This limited edition of the Korean hot hatch will be produced in 600 units, exclusively for the European market. According to Hyundai, the letter “C” stands for the “Area C” which is a high-performance test circuit at Hyundai Namyang R&D, “Carbon fiber” and Centre of gravity which is lowered compared to the standard i30 N.

Project C is based on the Hyundai i30 N Performance but it is -50 kg lighter and comes with lowered suspension by -6 mm featuring a more aggressive setup. The special edition is also distinguished by the redesigned bodykit made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic which is inspired by the 2018 i30 N Option Concept.

For the first time in a Hyundai, carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) is used on the larger front splitter (+240 g), the new bonnet (-7,2 kg), the updated side sills (-998 g) and the integrated rear diffuser (-386 g) saving weight and improving aesthetics.

Furthermore, the new 19 inch forged OZ racing wheels besides looking very cool, they also save a total of -22 kg of shed weight. Lastly, the new dark matte grey paint completes the aggressive look in combination with the high gloss carbon-fibre parts and the red accents.

Inside we find two brand new Sabelt front bucket seats (-7.5 kg each) with CFRP backings and integrated head strains, providing better support and enhancing the driving position. Alcantara upholstery around the steering wheel, handbrake and shift lever gives a more premium look to the cabin, complemented by deep orange stitching.

The N-mode thumb paddles on the steering wheel are also painted in the same deep orange shade. Another beautiful detail is the brushed aluminum billet manual shift knob shaped like a pistonhead. Lastly, the limited-edition badge on the dashboard showcases that this i30 N is special.

Under the bonnet, there is the usual 2.0-liter Turbo-GDi engine producing 202 kW / 275 hp and 353 Nm of torque (up to 378 Nm in overboost). Power is transmitted to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual gearbox with the help of a limited-slip differential.

According to Hyundai, “Thanks to new internal calibrations for the existing i30 N dampers and new shorter higher-stiffness suspension springs“, the center of gravity height is 8.8 mm lower. The use of aluminum (instead of steel) on the rear wheel hangers (knuckles) saves another -4.66 kg of weight.

Besides tweaking the suspension setup, Hyundai also calibrated the driving modes specifically for the i30 N Project C for added feedback, agility and improved driving pleasure.

Pricing for the special edition hasn’t been announced yet although we expect it to have a premium over the i30 N Performance.

Deliveries of the Hyundai i30 N Project C will start in select markets across Europe later this year.

Click here to read our review of the Hyundai i30 N Performance