Hyundai N Vision 74 combines hydrogen power with retro 70s styling

High-performance hydrogen-powered concept produces over 670bhp, with styling inspired by 1974 Pony Coupe

Hyundai has unveiled its latest alternatively-fuelled performance-car concept, the N Vision 74. It combines the wedge-shaped silhouette of the 1974 Pony Coupe concept (designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro) with what Hyundai says is the most advanced hydrogen fuel-cell system it has produced to date.

Total power output from the car’s two electric motors is over 670bhp and 900Nm of torque, all of which is sent to the rear wheels only. No 0-62mph time has been revealed, but top speed stands at 155mph and the claimed driving range is over 370 miles. The unique powertrain also features a 62.4kWh battery and 800-volt charging system, which is paired with a 4.2kg hydrogen fuel cell that can be refilled in just five minutes, according to Hyundai.

This isn't the first time Hyundai has advanced the idea of a hydrogen fuel-cell performance model. Just last year, the brand unveiled the Vision FK prototype: a two-door sports car that also produced over 670bhp and could accelerate from 0-62mph in under four seconds.

The rear-wheel-drive concept also boasted a range of around 373 miles – over 90 more than what the 590bhp Audi RS e-tron GT battery-electric performance flagship will cover on a charge. Power comes from a Hyundai designed and built fuel-cell stack, coupled with a plug-in electric powertrain that was developed in collaboration with electric supercar brand Rimac, which Hyundai holds a 12% stake in.

According to Hyundai’s head of research and development, Albert Biermann, the Vision FK will eventually go into production and will be the first car of its kind to use this powertrain. He said: “The Vision FK is one of our rolling lab projects where we challenge our engineers to drive forward… the packaging situation of this vehicle, which has a combination of a high-power battery electric system and a fuel cell system, is very challenging.

Hyundai’s N performance division has already been exploring uses for battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell technology for some time, having unveiled an 872bhp hydrogen-powered racecar concept called the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo, powered by the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel-cell, in 2015.

Hyundai is also the most likely candidate of the group’s brands (Hyundai, Kia and Genesis) to launch a hydrogen fuel-cell sports car, given that it also produces one of the two hydrogen fuel-cell cars on the market right now – the NEXO SUV – with the Toyota Mirai being the other.

Elsewhere, Hyundai’s ‘N’ division has already confirmed its first electric car, the Ioniq 5 N, will arrive in 2023, and given us a sneak peak at a highly potent version of the Ioniq 6 saloon in the form of the RN22e concept.

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