Hyundai DeLorean electric supercar concept unveiled

This eye-catching new car takes its inspiration from one of the most famous cars in the world, but with a decidedly modern twist.

Hyundai has returned to the future with a bold concept car related to the DeLorean DMC-12.

Unveiled for this week’s Busan Auto Show in South Korea, the incredible new N Vision 74 concept hints at a future where Hyundai can make cars to compete with the likes of Ferrari or Porsche.

Powered by a combination of hydrogen fuel cells and battery electric technologies, the N Vision 74 is said to have over 500kW of power and 900Nm of torque, numbers that put it in exceptional territory.

Hyundai designer Sangyup Lee says the car is an homage to the svelte two-door car known as the 1974 Pony Coupe.

The sporty twin of the Hyundai Pony hatchback, the first mass-produced car in Korea, the Pony Coupe was designed by Italian legend Giorgetto Giugiaro.

Lee says that when Hyundai decided not to build the Pony Coupe, Giugiaro used its basic design to form the model. DeLorean DMS-12the car that gained worldwide fame thanks to the films “Back to the Future”.

The South Korean designer describes the original model as “an expression of incredible courage and inspiration.”

“We’re getting closer to the founders’ dream of developing a high-performance car,” he says.

“The future-oriented design of the N Vision 74 reflects the respect and appreciation we have for the dedication and passion that went into the Pony Coupe concept.”

Lee says people shouldn’t think of Hyundai’s most ambitious concept car as a copycat, quoting Giugiaro, who describes the Pony Coupe as “the greatest inspiration for a production car meant to make its mark: the DeLorean DMC-12.”

The concept car looks impressive in metal, combining retro design elements with Hyundai’s latest pixelated headlights, as well as motorsport-friendly gear in a huge rear fender, carbon fiber bodywork and aerodynamic wheels.

More important equipment is under the skin, where a 4.2-kilogram hydrogen tank, combined with a relatively small 62.4 kWh battery, provides a range of more than 600 kilometers.

The car is rear-wheel drive, with a powerful electric motor connected to each rear wheel. Smart torque vectoring software promises to improve agility en route to corners and offers the potential for jibe-inducing oversteer under load.

The model will also be used as a high-performance testbed for cooling electric vehicles and clarifying potential connections between electric and hydrogen cars.

Hyundai says high-performance hydrogen technology will make a difference to motorsports, opening the door for environmentally friendly vehicles to compete in high-profile endurance races.

Originally published as Hyundai Unveils DeLorean-Linked Wild Supercar