Hyundai has taken the wraps off the i30 N Venture C for the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Display. According to Hyundai, the i30 N Challenge C is ‘a lighter, lessen, additional aggressive version’ with the i30 N General performance. Only 600 units from the very hot hatch are going to be made, and it will be offered exclusively within the European markets.
Hyundai promises the ‘C’ during the identify means ‘carbon fibre’, ‘centre of gravity’ as well as ‘Area C’ on the Namyang R&D high-performance test circuit. Besides, the major difference between the i30 N and Challenge C is its weight. The car is 50kg lighter than the i30 N, which is largely because from the 19-inch OZ Racing alloy wheels that save 22kg. Other weight-saving measures include certain carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic bits like a new front splitter, bonnet, rear diffuser and N-branded side skirts. Then there are the front bucket seats with carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic backings.
Powering the Hyundai i30 N Venture C is a 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol motor that pumps out 271bhp and 353 Nm of torque, and up to 378 Nm with over-boost enabled.
Inside, the i30 N Venture C features ‘Deep Orange’ accents to distinguish itself from the standard model. Then there are the orange-finished dedicated Drive Mode and N-mode thumb paddles on the steering wheel, and a limited-edition badge on the dashboard that marks the number of each of your 600 cars.
This year’s Frankfurt Motor Clearly show will host a limited edition version of Hyundai’s i30 N warm hatchback, dubbed the Challenge C. The car boasts the same 271 HP (275 PS) engine as the regular i30 N, yet adds several design upgrades and dynamic touches.
Until now, we’ve only seen the Task C underneath camouflaged foil, but this video shows the car in great detail, as we can clearly see all the lightweight carbon fiber bits, as well as the slightly upgraded interior.
Among the i30 N Venture C’s carbon fiber elements we count the front chin spoiler, the hood, roof spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser. Meanwhile, the motorsport-inspired 19-inch wheels also contribute to this limited edition scorching hatch weighing less than its mass-production counterpart.
The interior comes with an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with red buttons for the drive modes, red seat belts and red stitching for the part-Alcantara seats, which also feature a red stripe running down the middle. The gear knob has also been changed and is now fully metallic.
Performance will reportedly remain the same as within the regular i30 N, meaning the car’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit will continue to produce 271 HP (275 PS) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque.
As for where the identify Undertaking C comes from, that would be Hyundai’s high-performance facility at its Namyang R&D center in Korea, which features a development track dubbed ‘Area C’.
The Hyundai i30 N Task C might be strictly limited to 600 models, available only in select marketplaces across Europe.
There really is no stopping the recent hatch arms race at present. An output of 250bhp used to be impressive until 300bhp became the norm – and now the Mercedes-AMG A45 S’s 415bhp has left us wondering what’s next. It’s in this climate of oneupmanship that Hyundai has just revealed the Undertaking C i30 N, an even spicier version of its i30 N fizz-machine.
The Task C gets its name from the brand’s high-performance vehicle testing and development Area C track in Korea. With that in mind, Hyundai is describing the Undertaking C as a ‘lighter, reduced, corner-slicing’ version on the General performance trim i30 N, so expect the same power with better driving dynamics and looks.
A press release – which also features the car in testing camouflage – says the Project C will use carbonfibre-reinforced plastic along with 19-inch wheels and dedicated aerodynamic touches. Unfortunately, it seems as though the N Option’s vented bonnet and rear wing – arguably the two best bits – have not made the cut.
Ever worry your Hyundai i30 N hot hatchback isn’t quite very hot enough? Well, this N Option styling kit unveiled in the 2018 Paris motor display could be just the ticket, lending a degree a lot more visual menace to Korea’s feted pocket rocket.
The Hyundai i30 N Option is a concept car for now, in accordance to the manufacturer, presenting a well developed look at what a racier version could look like. It was unveiled alongside the a lot more elegant go-faster i30 Fastback N, also making its world premiere at the Mondial de l’Auto.
Hyundai says there are 25 different upgrades produced to the show car, both inside and out. It’s clear now that this was a testbed for the new limited edition Venture C road car.
Some are easy to pick out – witness the Boeing-spec carbonfibre rear wing and vented composite bonnet – whereas others are mechanical tweaks or much more subtle interior changes.
Buyers will soon be able to spec 20-inch cast alloy wheels with track-ready semi-slick Cup tyres for far more grip in corners. Handy for track days. Note also the red character line picking out the grille on this concept car, whose exhaust is bolstered by four chunky pipes.
Alcantara interior trim, sports pedals and a stubbier gearlever (above) complete the visual makeover.
The personalisation scheme will launch ‘in the near future,’ says Hyundai. Count on the scheme going live within the next few months, with the full programme showroom ready by summer 2019, CAR understands.
If your funds run deep enough, you’ll be able to go the full hog and order a car like the one pictured here, but the personalisation programme will also let you mix and match different styling elements to create your bespoke i30 N.
Just goes to clearly show that personalisation is the name of your game nowadays, as manufacturers offer punters ever pricier ways to upgrade their cars. The thing is, we reckon the i30 N is just about perfect straight out in the box
Faster, lighter Hyundai i30 N Undertaking C teased
Limited-edition warm hatch sheds the kilos, gets lessen track-focused suspension and new downforce-boosting aero
A lighter, faster limited-edition Hyundai i30 N Task C warm hatch has been previewed ahead of its launch later this year.
First images of the camouflaged limited-edition incredibly hot hatch testing on the Nurburgring display how the i30 N Venture C are going to be heavily influenced by the N Option concept shown at the 2018 Paris motor show.
Changes over the standard i30 N include a new front splitter, finned side skirts and decreased, more track-focused suspension.
Crucially, other Project C additions include carbon-fibre body panels and a set of ultra-lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels that slash weight in a bid to boost performance.
How much weight might be shed hasn’t been announced, but in standard trim the i30 N tips the scales at a portly 1429kg.
There are no interior pictures, but the i30 N Task C is said to come with a pair of Alcantara-trimmed sport seats and liberal use of carbon-fibre for the vents, door-handles, dash, steering wheel and gear shifter.
Under the bonnet the i30 N Performance’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder carries over unchanged. That means it produces the same 202kW and 353Nm of torque.
Hyundai hasn’t announced how much quicker the Task C is compared to the 6.1 seconds it takes for the regular car to hit 100km/h, but with less weight to haul it should improve on that.
Hyundai has announced it plans to limit production from the i30 N Undertaking C special-edition to just 600 cars for selected marketplaces in Europe by the end of this year, when it’s expected to command a large price premium over the i30 N Overall performance it’s based on.
However, given there’s no mention in the UK and therefore right-hand drive production, it’s unclear whether the faster i30 N will come to Australia.
That said, Hyundai Australia says it remains keen to offer some of your extras previewed by last year’s i30 N Option concept, including a carbon rear wing, carbon bonnet with air vents, quad mufflers, lightweight 20-inch rims with semi-slick tyres, matte paintwork, sports pedals, carbon interior components and an Alcantara-clad upper dash, sports bucket seats and steering wheel.
The Hyundai i30 N Challenge C is set to be unveiled in the Frankfurt motor exhibit this September alongside the redesigned i10 city-car and a new concept for a pure-electric car.
Hyundai has been upping its game when it comes to sporty offerings. Last year, it launched a new Veloster, complete with an N general performance version “thoroughly honed” with the Nürburgring and powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine. This time around, the Korean carmaker is preparing to drop the Hyundai i30N Task C, a lightweight, track-focused, ’Ring-developed version of its already reasonably light, track-focused, ’Ring-developed hot hatch.
While information is fairly scant-the camouflage should tell you this isn’t quite a finished car-it’s fair to view this as Hyundai’s equivalent to something like a VW Golf GTI Clubsport. It’s the regular, already-boisterous i30N with harder-cored components and the skimming of weight (and therefore lap times).
“The unique specification includes carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic materials and motorsport-inspired 19-inch wheels,” says Hyundai, “making the i30N Venture C notably lighter than the standard i30N and more responsive than ever to driver input.” It also cites “dedicated aerodynamic touches” and lessen ride height as contributing factors to an even sharper driving experience than standard.
The Project C appears to keep the regular i30N Performance’s 271hp 2.0-liter turbo engine, but with a likely weight of around 1.3 tons, we suspect its 0-100kph time to begin with a five and-with the help of that new aero-its 250kph top speed to climb. Additional stats as we have them.
If you’re wondering about the name, it refers to the slightly eerie-sounding ‘Area C,’ the track within Hyundai’s Namyang proving ground where the car spent a good chunk of its development.
Hyundai is making 600 units with the i30N Undertaking C, all of them for left-hand-drive marketplaces in Europe. We’ll see it in all its orangey goodness-without disguise-at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
Hyundai has revealed the i30 N Job C on the IAA present in Frankfurt. The Venture C is a additional extreme version with the top 275 PS spec i30 N scorching hatch. Available only to European customers, the lighter, lower and a lot more aggressive Job C is limited to 600 units.
The ‘C’ in the identify means three things: the ‘Area C’ high performance test circuit at Hyundai Namyang R&D centre (the birthplace of N), the use of carbon fibre (a Hyundai first), as well as lowered centre of gravity. To that, this hardcore i30 N is 50 kg lighter than the standard car, and its CoG is 8.8 mm reduce.
The Job C comes with clearly visible carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body parts lacquered smooth to present the CF weave. The front splitter, rear diffuser, bonnet and N-branded side sills are all manufactured from CFRP. Despite featuring a larger frontal area and lower ground clearance (it sits six mm closer to the road), the Project C’s drag coefficient remains unaffected at 0.32. Dedicated aero touches help.
Here’s where the 50 kg savings come from. The forged 19-inch OZ wheels alone account for 22 kg of shed weight, with the bonus of it being unsprung. Elsewhere, the CFRP bonnet (-7.2 kg), both side sills (-499g each), front splitter (+240g of aero function and good looks), new design integrated rear diffuser (-386g) along with the manually operated Sabelt competition front bucket seats with CFRP backs (-7.5 kg each) do their part.
The reduce ride height and lower CoG is from new calibrations for the existing i30 N dampers and shorter springs. The rear wheel hangers – or knuckles – within the hubs together remove 4.66 kg as here they are created from aluminium and not steel. There’s a stiff bar in the boot, as per the i30 N’s Performance Package.
Meanwhile, all driving modes have been specifically calibrated for the Project C – both Sport and N drive modes provide greater direct feedback, while N mode has been tuned for the “required agility and predictability while on race-track quality tarmac during the hands of much more experienced drivers.”
The Challenge C’s interior features Alcantara highlights around the steering wheel, handbrake and gear lever boot. And just look at that brushed aluminium billet manual shift knob that’s shaped like a pistonhead. Deep Orange is the accenting colour found on the seat belts, stitching and stripes for the seats, as well as drive mode and N-mode buttons on the steering wheel. A numbered limited edition badge on the passenger side wraps things up.
The hot i30 N’s exterior is dominated by dark matte grey and the high gloss weave in the CFRP parts. The brake calipers stand out in Deep Orange.
Previewed at KLIMS 2018, the Hyundai i30 N is powered by a 2.0 litre Theta T-GDI engine, which in standard tune offers 250 PS and 353 Nm from 1,450 to 4,000 rpm. With the Functionality Package, output is bumped up to 275 PS. Paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, 0-100 km/h takes 6.1 seconds and top speed is 250 km/h.