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The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Dominates the Electric Racing Scene

03 Jan 2024

In the rapidly evolving landscape of electric vehicles, skeptics often question the ability of these clean, green machines to deliver the thrill and excitement associated with traditional gasoline-powered cars. However, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N seems to have shattered those doubts, earning a resounding stamp of approval from none other than the iconic Drift King himself, Keiichi Tsuchiya. Known for his unparalleled drifting skills, Tsuchiya's endorsement of the Ioniq 5 N speaks volumes about the electric car's performance and fun factor.

The Electric Drift Revolution

The Electric Drift Revolution

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N has been turning heads in the automotive world, standing out as a leader in the electric vehicle (EV) segment. Its unique combination of balance, performance, and driving pleasure sets it apart from other EVs on the market. One feature that adds a thrilling dynamic to the Ioniq 5 N is its simulated paddle-shift gearset, providing drivers with a driving experience reminiscent of a traditional gas-powered car.

To put the Ioniq 5 N to the ultimate test, pro photographer Larry Chen captured the Drift King himself, Keiichi Tsuchiya, behind the wheel at Sydney Motorsport Park in Australia. Despite the absence of a clutch or hydraulic hand-brake, Tsuchiya effortlessly executed drifts with the sporty electric SUV, showcasing the car's dedicated drift mode. He even emphasized how the car's substantial curb weight contributes to its impressive ability to shift the body and initiate controlled sideways slides.

Drift King's Seal of Approval

Drift King's Seal of Approval

For a vehicle to earn the endorsement of Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya is no small feat. Tsuchiya's expertise and passion for drifting make him a discerning judge of a car's performance and handling. The fact that he not only found the Ioniq 5 N drift-worthy but also spoke highly of its capabilities is a clear indication that electric vehicles can indeed be exhilarating and fun to drive.

As with any high-performance driving experience, there are bound to be moments of challenge. Larry Chen, the photographer, also had the opportunity to take the wheel of the Ioniq 5 N. While experiencing the car's heft, he lost control momentarily, resulting in a spin, an exit from the track, and a light tap on a barrier. However, the resilience of the Ioniq 5 N was evident as it emerged with only a few bumper scuffs, reaffirming its robust build and safety features.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N's triumph at the hands of the Drift King has shifted perceptions about the potential thrill and excitement that electric cars can offer. With its groundbreaking features, dedication to performance, and an electrifying seal of approval from Keiichi Tsuchiya, the Ioniq 5 N is not just a vehicle; it's a symbol of the electrified future that promises an exhilarating driving experience for enthusiasts worldwide.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

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