Hyundai RM19 mid engined hot hatch one step closer to production

At the 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show, Hyundai launched the RM19 (Racing Midship 2019) – the last evolution of the mid-engined hot hatch project which will result in a production model during the next 2-3 years. According to Hyundai, the RM19 offers racecar-like levels of performance, balance, braking and grip while retaining daily road-going capability.

From the outside, the RM19 looks very similar to the Veloster N TCR racecar, with the same ultra-wide bodykit, aerodynamic bumpers, huge rear wing, and an even larger diffuser. A more detailed look unveils the smaller intake at the front grill and the additional intakes on the side windows, hinting the big change in the car’s layout.

The four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-litre engine is positioned in the middle, behind the front bucket seats. The engine is borrowed from the racecar however without the restrictions it produces 291 kW / 390 hp. A TCR six-speed sequential gearbox sends the power to the rear wheels with the help of a limited-slip differential, allowing a 0-96 km/h acceleration below 4 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

In addition to the gasoline version, the car could be fitted with electrified powertrains developed with the help of Rimac.

Setup is completed by the racing suspension (MacPherson / Double-Wishbone), larger brakes (six-piston / four-piston) hiding behind the 20″ one-piece forged aluminium alloy wheels shod in performance tires (245/30R20 front and 305/30R20 rear).

Albert Biermann said: “The RM platform is a versatile engineering testbed, allowing effective evaluation of various powertrains and performance levels, all on normal roads and environments. Throughout the evolution of the RM series, our engineers have gained tremendous hands-on knowledge of high-performance vehicle dynamics with various front-to-rear weight distributions coupled with the effects of a fully-weighted, high-strength body structure on vehicle performance.”

As a reminder, the RM project started in 2012, resulting in the RM14, RM15, RM16 and RM19 concept cars.  According to Hyundai executives, the production version of the car will retain the overall looks of the latest prototype, however, it will feature a toned-down aero package.


Press Release

  • RM19 Racing Midship Sports Car signals future high-performance potential for Hyundai N brand
  • RM19 serves as a development platform for future N brand products, including a potential brand-halo car
  • Touring Car Racing-based 2.0-liter engine with approximately 390 horsepower
  • Potential for electrified variants in the future


LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2019
 – Hyundai Motor Company today introduced the RM19 Racing Midship Sports Car to global media at 2019 AutoMobility LA. RM refers to the N prototype model’s “Racing Midship” body configuration, a key differentiator providing supercar-level handling balance and low-polar-moment-of-inertia agility for outstanding connection to the tarmac at all speeds and driving conditions.

In 2012, Hyundai embarked on a project called RM (Racing Midship) to develop and connect new high-performance motorsports technologies with future N models. Since the initiation of project RM and via evolution of the RM series (RM14, RM15 and RM16), RM models underwent extensive road testing to validate newly-developed technologies, observe their effects on performance, and improve them for subsequent application on future N models.

“The RM platform is a versatile engineering testbed, allowing effective evaluation of various powertrains and performance levels, all on normal roads and environments,” said Albert Biermann, head of global research and development for Hyundai Motor Company. “Throughout the evolution of the RM series, our engineers have gained tremendous hands-on knowledge of high performance vehicle dynamics with various front-to-rear weight distributions coupled with the effects of a fully-weighted, high-strength body structure on vehicle performance.”

Featuring the most powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected engine of its kind, with an output of 390 horsepower, RM19 is expected to yield impressive zero-60 mph performance under four seconds. RM19 shares the 2.0-liter turbo engine with TCR racecars from Hyundai N development. However, unlike TCR racecars which are affected by BOP (Balance of Performance) adjustments, RM19 offers extra boost of its output without these BOP restrictions. RM19 offers racecar-like levels of performance, balance, braking and grip while retaining daily road-going capability.

In addition to the gasoline version, state-of-the-art electrified powertrains could provide clean, yet thrilling propulsion for the RM19. As Hyundai boasts an industry-leading variety of electrified propulsion, including production HEV, PHEV, BEV and FCEV powertrains, various types of electrified powertrains are available for testing a high-performance electric sports car. With the recent investment and strategic partnership with Rimac Automobili, Hyundai works closely together with Rimac to develop high-performance Electric and FCEV prototypes. Hyundai Motor Group has a strategic plan to deploy 44 eco-friendly models by 2025, taking the Hyundai N brand well into the environmentally-focused third decade of the twenty-first century.

“The RM19 sports car signals future brand aspirations for Hyundai’s high-performance N brand, solidly moving N into the prestigious arena of supercar-level performance,” said Thomas Schemera, executive vice president and head of Hyundai Motor Group’s Product Division. “Hyundai N will not only increase heartbeats per minute via powerful internal combustion engines, but also through the instantaneous torque and environmental sustainability of electrified powertrains moving forward.”

The ‘N’ of Hyundai N stands for Namyang, home to Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Center in Korea since 1995, where the N concept was born, and for the Nürburgring, home to Hyundai Motor’s European Test Center. The close connection between Namyang and the Nürburgring created the foundation for N, building upon the company’s motorsport experience to bring thrilling road dynamics for those customers who truly love driving. The ‘N’ logo itself embodies this idea, as it symbolizes a classic road course chicane.

Hyundai N’s high-performance technologies are honed at the iconic Nürburgring Nordschleife. Each car taking part in Hyundai Motor’s accelerated durability tests will lap the track 420 to 480 times in both wet and dry conditions, simulating over 100,000 miles of severe driving in just four short weeks. The Nürburgring, with 73 corners and 13 miles of tarmac, is widely considered to be one of the most challenging tracks in the world, with a heritage that is second to none. It is also a motorsports complex and home to Hyundai Motor’s own 3,600 square meter testing center, which is operated by the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center.

RM19 (N Brand Prototype – Internal Combustion Engine) Specifications 

Concept NameRM19 (Hyundai N brand prototype)
ConceptMid-ship Rear-drive high-performance vehicle with
gasoline-powered, turbocharged internal combustion engine
Body ConfigurationTwo-seat, Two-door Coupe

Aluminum extrusion front subframe

Steel tube and plate rear subframe

Powertrain LayoutMid-engine, Rear Drive
AerodynamicsLarge wing spoiler and rear air ducting for powertrain
EngineEnhanced Touring Car Racing (TCR) engine
2.0L Turbo with > 390 horsepower (TBD)
Gearbox6 Speed Sequential Gearbox

(Identical TCR gearbox w/optimized gear ratios)

Top Speed> 250 KPH (> 155 MPH)

* speed limited for public road driving

Suspension Type(Front) MacPherson / (Rear) Double-Wishbone

(Adjustable hard points and geometry)

DampersConventional gas-pressure dampers
Brake6-piston (front) / 4-piston (rear)
Parking BrakeMechanical type, in rear
ABS SystemMotorsport ABS M5 (Bosch)

* Not valid for public roads

Steering AssistRack-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering
Steering Wheel DesignVeloster N TCR Design (with Paddle Shifters)
Overall Dimensions (mm)4319 (Length) x 1945 (Width) x 1354 (Height) /

2672 (Wheelbase)

Overhang (mm)899 (front) / 748 (rear)
Minimum Ground Clearance100 mm
Tires(Front) 245/30R20, (Rear) 305/30R20
Wheels20” X 8.5J (front) / 20” X 11.0J (rear)

One-piece Lightweight Forged Aluminum Alloy Wheels

Larger, flared wheel housing design