Watch Hyundai’s RN22e EV crash on the track
In the summer, Hyundai revealed RN22e, an electric prototype based on the all-wheel drive Ioniq 6 producing 576 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque. While Hyundai describes the RN22e as a “rolling lab” it plans to use to further develop its E-GMP platform, it also informally previews the upcoming Ioniq 6 N. That’s certainly a lot of power, but does it really work well?
Recently, Hyundai allowed Australian wheel to get behind the wheel of the RN22e, not just to drive around the parking lot. They took it to a real race track and got to actually test it out in all its gleeful glory. bdepending on the driver’s reaction, it’s an extremely fun car to drive.
It’s encouraging to hear that because when we’re driving Kia EV6 GT With the same powertrain, we were a bit disappointed with how it handled. Sure, it’s ridiculously fast, but the chassis and tires just don’t feel enough to handle its nearly three-ton weight. In our review, we said: “The EV6 GT isn’t exactly disconcerting, but it never feels steady or steady. On top of that, the Goodyear Eagle F1 tires will sound powerful even when you’re cornering or hitting the accelerator hard. like Kia StingerThe EV6 GT is a powerful, nimble touring machine, but not a sports car.”
At least in racing prototype form, the RN22e looks much better suited for track duty. As it should be. And if you like to drift, this car will be happy to hang the rear end out despite being all-wheel drive. Hopefully when the Ioniq 6 N arrives, it will behave more like the RN22e than the EV6 GT.
Interestingly, the prototype is also programmed with Hyundai’s fake DCT tune which we mentioned recently. At the time, it sounded completely unnecessary and we doubt that it will really add anything to the driving experience. But the impression the video gives is that it actually happened. May be there really something to the whole “fake shift point in EV” Thing?