More than tuning the Hyundai HyperEconiq IONIQ is a hypermiling laboratory
By: Fedora Atjeh | Oktober 10, 2017
The Las Vegas SEMA Show is approaching dangerously like every year. A hall in which manufacturers and preparers traditionally seek to leave open-mouthed Americans generally based on brute force, huge mechanics and a dose (or overdose, as the case may be) of hor- terism.
But times change and if not they tell it to this Hyundai HyperEconiq IONIQ. With this name that looks more like a tongue twister the Korean factory puts aside the race for power and seeks to dazzle in another type of competition: that of seeing who makes more kilometers with a single tank of fuel.
Hyundai HyperEconiq IONIQ, direct to EMS
Based on its promising IONIQ in hybrid configuration and allied with Bisimoto Engineering, Hyundai defines this prototype as an "innovative concept" in which the best skills for the so-called hypermiling are based on a derisory operating economy and technologies of very low friction.
On the outside the aerodynamics has been taken care of to the maximum using the Dream Aero kit of Bisimoto so that its coefficient of friction is reduced to the minimum. The recipe consists of a front splitter, heel, rear spoiler, 19-inch wheels with low rolling resistance tires and side flaps that cover the rear wheels as the main ingredients. All seasoned with lots of carbon fiber. Yes, also for the tires.
To continue deepening aerodynamics, Bisimoto has chosen to use a Progress Performance coilover suspension that reduces ground clearance, as well as aluminum brake calipers that lower the final weight of the assembly.
At the moment we do not know much about the mechanics of this HyperEconiq, but Hyundai has announced that it will use special spark plugs of NGK and electric generators (we assume for regenerative braking) to get interesting figures of only 2.9 liters per 100 kilometers.
Although it looks rather brief, the improvement if it is real is quite considerable, since the IONIQ series with 1.6 liter GDI engine 105 hp and 147 Nm of torque plus the electric motor of 32 kW (43.5 hp) -141 hp of combined power - offer a very good 3.4 liter theoretical.