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Ioniq 5 N: Sophisticated thermal management unlocks performance of hottest Hyundai

The Ioniq 5 N is Hyundai’s first performance electric vehicle (EV). As anticipated, this game-changer offers a range of enhancements over the regular model, not least its industry-leading thermal management system, a crucial consideration during development and specifically aimed at combating power degradation caused by excessive heat during demanding track driving conditions.

The Ioniq 5 N’s electric motors have undergone significant enhancements, enabling them to reach 21,000rpm. This is 6000rpm higher than the regular Ioniq 5, resulting in a top speed of 260km/h.

Combined outputs of 478kW and 770Nm surpass the related 430kW/740Nm Kia EV6 GT, with which the Ioniq 5 N shares a top speed.

However, what truly sets the Ioniq 5 N apart from the rest is its integration of cutting-edge innovations and a prioritisation of driver enjoyment with its array of ‘N focused systems’.

As Hyundai Motor UK president Ashley Andrew put it: “Ioniq 5 N is truly the first EV for the driving enthusiast, combining not just high performance and precision handling but also using state of the art technology to provide an emotional connection so far missing in performance EVs.”

To further optimise performance, Hyundai has fitted the Ioniq 5 N with a larger 84kWh battery capacity with next-generation chemistry providing higher energy density compared with the 77.4kWh pack of regular versions.

On top of this, a two-stage inverter has been cleverly integrated to enhance power output control and improves efficiency when converting the battery’s DC power to AC power to drive the electric motors.

Importantly, in the realm of EVs, effective thermal management is crucial for maintaining peak battery performance and managing heat distribution within the vehicle. Notably, during demanding usage, such as on the racetrack, battery cells tend to generate higher levels of heat, which can lead to various issues, including diminished battery lifespan, decreased power output, and potential safety hazards.

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