Hyundai N models will have as an option, starting with the IONIQ 5 N, the possibility to mount carbon wheels developed with British wheel specialist Dymag. The South Korean carmaker already showcased a prototype of the ’21” N Performance Carbon Fiber Wheel’ during Goodwood Festival of Speed, despite weren’t mentioned in the press release for the global debut.
Dymag not only built wheels for passenger cars they also supplies race wheels to F1, Le Mans or WRC. The British company entered the wheel manufacturing business in 1974 and developed the first carbon motorcycle wheel in 1995 and the first carbon hybrid car wheel in 2004.
Hyundai currently offers a 19-inch ultra-light forged wheel as an option for the N models only. It costs an additional cost of 790,000 won (US $619). Adding the forged wheels to your Hyundai N model will save up to 12 kg per wheel compared to the standard wheel. It increases the road surface grip of tires, and enables agile behavior. It’s like running in light sneakers.
To use carbon wheels in the IONIQ 5 N will be positive as this will 40-50% lighter than conventional cast aluminum wheels and in a vehicle that is already pretty heavy due to the battery pack this could be a hidden weapon for Hyundai N’s first all-electric high performance vehicle.
However, there’s always a problem. Added to the price of the IONIQ 5 N, that could be around $65,000 to $70,000, you should add the price of the carbon wheels and these aren’t cheap. It usually cost between $10,000 to $14,000 so the price is expected to be huge. The British company only reveled that they develop the wheels with Hyundai but did not disclosed any technical details or price.
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 N is expected to be launched in September.