Unveiled recently is the RM20e race car by Hyundai. RM stands for “Racing Midship,” and it genuinely looks the part. What makes this vehicle incredible is not because it’s a race car, but because it is an electric racecar. Yes, Audi, Porsche, and many other manufacturers have created and raced electric racecars as well. Still, Hyundai is out for the betterment of everyday people and provide a quality experience at an obtainable level. So let’s talk about what makes this car important.
The RM20e is built on the RM platform, which is the underpinnings for future N performance cars. It is inspired by the electrified TCR racecar and represents the high-performance potential for the N brand. Racecars, on the surface, seem like they don’t matter to regular people like you and me, but developing and racing these vehicles helps the company learn and improve. What Hyundai learns from developing and racing the RM will trickle down into the N performance cars we buy.
Hyundai RM20e Specs
I appreciate how the development of these RM racecar prototypes help with the N Brand, but most importantly, let’s talk about what powers the beast. This vehicle uses a midship powertrain setup, if this were an engine, it would be called mid-engine, but this is all electric no engine. The electric race car produces 810 HP and 708 LB. FT. of torque. All that power gets sent to the rear wheels leading to 0-60 times in less than three seconds and 0-124 mph in just 9.88 seconds.
Those are incredible figures, especially with just rear-wheel drive. Grip comes from 265 wide tires in the front and 305 wide tires in the rear. Wheels are one-piece, forged aluminum wheels, 19” up front and 20” in the rear. It uses a single reduction ratio 1:5.67 straight-cut gear (Spur) gearbox, MacPherson strut suspension up front, and double-wishbones in the rear. The vehicle stops via six-piston brakes up front and four pistons in the back.
Hyundai RM20e Conclusion
The specs on this monstrosity are excellent, and these electric cars have a way of enticing us with numbers because that’s all mainstream enthusiasts care about, 0-60, and specs. I can see many more electric racecars and supercars in the foreseeable future; I can even see Hyundai developing its own midship electric supercar because this RM20e seems to be pointing to that direction.
Hyundai’s goal by 2025 is to have 44 eco-friendly models, so that is the future that Hyundai and probably many other manufactures have in mind. And to get the publics’ excitement up, I’m sure a supercar could be in the works to serve as a halo car for the brand; the partnership Hyundai has with RIMAC is further proof of that I believe. But let me know in the comments what you think of the Hyundai RM20e and the possibility of seeing a Hyundai EV supercar.
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Kevin Meyn is an automotive journalist for Torque News concentrating on Hyundai content. Kevin is the founder of Exhaust Sports Auto Youtube channel, where he does professional car reviews on new and used vehicles. Through the use of various resources and extended Automotive expertise, Kevin documents the latest in automotive news revolving around Hyundai. Kevin graduated from NC State University studying Supply Chain Management but has had a passion for cars since he was a child. Follow Kevin on Twitter and Instagram @exhaustsports.