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Hyundai plotted to launch the N division with a mid-engined hybrid supercar

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Korean NSX wouldve sported carbon tub and fuel cell power, but never got the go-ahead

After driving the fabulous-looking Hyundai N Vision 74 (pictured) filled with its 670bhp electric motors and on-board hydrogen power station, TopGear.com sat down with the former boss of its go-fast N division, Albert Biermann.

After the head honcho at BMW M (and today semi-retried but employed in a consultancy role for Hyundais sporty flagships) he revealed that N wasnt always destined to announce its arrival with the i30N hot hatch.

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We were focusing on an N supercar, Biermann mentions nonchalantly. Achieved it have a name? Not necessarily, we just used to call it The Chairmans Car.

So, it wouldve been like Hyundais response to the Honda NSX a supercar with a mainstream badge? TG asks. Sure, however, not boring, says the former R&D chief with a dry smile.

Biermann continues on to detail the spec, that was truly mouth-watering. He explains that the Hyundai supercar could have been based around a carbon fibre tub chassis, with a mid-engined layout. We’d plans for a petrol [engine] with or without hybrid, or [it couldve have accepted] a hydrogen fuel cell.

We previously heard rumours from Biermann back 2018 that Hyundai was still mulling a bespoke sports vehicle.

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The 65-year old speaks with a tone of what-might-have-been, having also attemptedto mastermind a mid-engined supercar while he was working at BMW M. The automobile was designed and couldve been engineered, however the BMW board decided there is only space for just one mid-engined range-topper in its ranks, and that might be the plug-in hybrid i8, no M-powered rocketship.

Also it was the Hyundai board that decreed The Chairmans Car would stick to the drawing board. The issue was the automobile could have cost over $150,000, and in those days it had been thought a Hyundai cannot have this price. Biermann continues on to concur that this was most likely the right decision, because the i30N, and today the i20N and Kona N have brought Hyundai to a fresh audience of petrolhead customers precisely because theyre affordable.

All that being true, we cant help but wonder just what a Hyundai-born response to famous brands the Audi R8, McLaren Artura and Porsche 911 Turbo mightve been like. Korean car design this decade has been knocking it from the park.

Would a six-figure price Korean supercar be studied seriously nowadays if it had been the N Vision 74 entering limited production? Tell us everything you reckon in the comments, in the event Hyundais chairman is listening

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