Hyundai has been upping its game when it comes to sporty offerings. Last year, it launched a new Veloster, complete with an N performance version “thoroughly honed” at the Nürburgring and powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine. This time around, the Korean carmaker is preparing to drop the Hyundai i30N Project 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 Project C notably lighter than the standard i30N and more responsive than ever to driver input.” It also cites “dedicated aerodynamic touches” and lower 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. More 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 of the i30N Project C, all of them for left-hand-drive markets in Europe. We’ll see it in all its orangey goodness—without disguise—at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.