HYUNDAI has revealed a mid-engined version of its Veloster coupe at the Busan International Motor Show in South Korea.
Called the Veloster Midship – internally known as ‘RM’ for ‘Rear Mid’ – the concept car is powered by a 220kW 2.0-litre turbocharged engine positioned in the middle of the car.
Sitting just behind the front seats and within the wheelbase, Hyundai says the position of the engine offers “ideal weight distribution and handling balance through corners”.
The car, based on the Hyundai Veloster coupe, was developed by Hyundai’s High Performance Team, which was also responsible for the company’s i20 World Rally Championship car.
The development team ditched the rear seats to make room for the engine, fitted the car with lightweight aluminium suspension and stiffened the chassis.
Hyundai says it has no plans to put the concept into production, but plans to use it to “explore possibilities for the Veloster chassis”