Hyundai has shown off a limited edition and more extreme version of its i30 N hot hatch. Meet the i30 N Project C which has just been revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.
As for the name, the Project C is named after "Area C" a testing area at Hyundai's Namyang Research and Development centre. The key changes are liberal uses of carbon fibre, 50 kg lighter than the standard model and it sits 6 mm closer to the road. There are also some visual changes, both inside and out.
There is a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) front splitter, rear diffuser, bonnet and side sills which contribute to the weight reduction as well as add to the visual appeal. The striking 19-inch OZ Racing alloys also shave some weight off the overall mass of the car. The engine's outputs remains unchanged. Hyundai has given its new i30 N Project C an aggressive dark matte grey finish too.
Inside, the Hyundai i30 N Project C gains alcantara detailing around the steering wheel, handbrake and gearshift lever. There are also new Sabelt bucket seats with Deep Orange stitching as well as Deep Orange finish on the drive mode and N mode buttons on the steering wheel.
"The i30 N Project C is the next emotional step in following the success of the i30 N, demonstrating that Hyundai is pushing the envelope even more to excite motorsport enthusiasts," says Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Motor Group's Product Division. "With this limited edition, we have strategically reduced the weight of the car where it can help most, made its overall handling more immediate and optimised its design for even greater performance."
There'll be just 600 of these weapons and despite Hyundai SA confirming our market will be getting the i30 N, it's highly unlikely we'll get this iteration.