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The new IONIQ 5 N undergoes winter testing to hone its drifting ability

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is a comfortable, refined EV, but it’s not particularly sporty. So it should be interesting to drive the forthcoming IONIQ 5 N, which is due to be the new ‘high-performance’ model in the IONIQ range.

IONIQ5 WinterTest

Due to debut in July 2023, the IONIQ 5 N will be all-wheel-drive, and Hyundai says that it will “signal a shift in brand evolution with a new line-up of high-performance electric vehicles”.

The IONIQ 5 N combines the EV’s Electrified-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) with N’s motorsport-developed technologies. The car is currently undergoing winter testing on low-grip icy surfaces in sub-zero (-30°C) temperatures at the Hyundai Mobis Proving ground in Arjeplog, Sweden. Hyundai says that the EV’s dual-motor chassis will benefit from knowledge gained from the all-surface AWD capabilities demonstrated by the Hyundai i20 N WRC Rally 1 car in Sweden.

In fact, the IONIQ 5 N will be the first N brand production vehicle with all-wheel drive, technology that has been developed since 2015 through competition in the World Rally Championship. Over eight years of WRC participation, Hyundai has won two world championships.

IONIQ5 WinterTest
IONIQ5 WinterTest

The IONIQ 5 N will feature ‘N Drift Optimizer’, which integrates front and rear torque distribution, torque rate, suspension stiffness, steering effort, and the e-LSD (electronic-Limited Slip Differential) system to create a driving mode dedicated to drifting.

The e-LSD is specifically tuned for the IONIQ 5 N, with the electronic control unit monitoring input from wheel sensors to accurately identify when a certain wheel needs extra torque to enhance overall vehicle grip. The e-LSD improves handling during cornering and high-speed driving on the racetrack as well as during driving conditions such as ice and deep snow and provides quicker responses and accuracy for the faster-reacting torque delivery of EVs compared to ICE vehicles.

The IONIQ 5 N also uses N Torque Distribution which is optimized for different drive modes, allowing the driver to select the torque level for both front and rear wheels. N Torque Distribution and e-LSD work together to distribute power to all four wheels in varying ratios and are specifically designed for EVs.

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