A boost-breathing, tyre vaporising, eight-seater Hyundai van with full circuit-crushing capabilities has been revealed at Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge 2019.

A skunkworks project from Hyundai Australia, the 300kW/555Nm iMax N #DriftBus hit Sydney Motorsport Park tarmac this morning.

Powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6, the DriftBus rewrites the racing rulebook, dramatically departing from conventional thinking about motorsport aerodynamics.

Unlike the Ford Transit Supervan and Renault Espace F1 that served as partial inspiration, the weapons-grade iMax N retains its eight-seater layout, allowing a driver and seven friends to hit the track at the same time.

With an eight-person crew on board, the van achieves perfect 50:50 weight distribution, presuming the spare tyres have been removed from its 842 litre boot.

Dressed in Hyundai N Performance Blue and helmed by N Performance tech guru Geoff Fear the van will terrorise tyres in not one, but three categories during the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge 2019.

Joining the Hyundai factory-backed i30 N Fastback in Haltech Clubsprint Class the van has already put down lap times and demonstrated serious circuit chops. It will join horsepower heroes in the Turbosmart Flying 500 to show off outright speed before it lives up to its name as a #DriftBus, banging its sliding doors in the International Drifting Cup presented by Garrett Advancing Motion.

Initially a photoshopped April Fools prank from Hyundai Germany, Hyundai Australia’s realisation of the iMax N borrows heavily from the N Performance stable with a race differential, electronically controlled dampers, N Performance brakes and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The only problem with the iMax N? We haven’t convinced Hyundai to put it into production yet.

Want to see the iMax N #DriftBus live at Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge 2019? It will be on-track and driving with intent at the following times.

Friday 18 October 2019
8:00am – Clubsprint: Session 1
9:30am – Clubsprint: Session 2
11:25am – Clubsprint: Session 3
12:05pm – Flying 500
2:30pm – Clubsprint: Session 4

Saturday 19 October 2019
8:00am – Clubsprint: Session 5
9:30am – Clubsprint: Session 6
11:10am – Flying 500
1:45pm – Clubsprint: Session 7
5:40pm – International Drift Cup (Sydney Motorsport Park South Circuit)

 

SPEC SHEET

Drivetrain and Suspension

  • 3.5L V6 twin-turbo with 300kW+ and 555Nm
  • 8 speed automatic gearbox
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Corner craving differential
  • Electronic controlled suspension
  • N performance brake package
  • Yokohama AD08 tyres
  • Bi-modal exhaust
  • Sub 5 second 0-100km/h
  • 50-50 weight distribution (with 8 people on-board)

Exterior Features

  • 19” Alloy wheels (borrowed from i30 N)
  • Bespoke aero kit
    • Front splitter
    • Side skirts
    • Rear diffuser and bumper
    • Rear spoiler with brake light
  • N Performance Blue exterior paint

Interior Features

  • N Steering wheel
  • N Sport front seats with suede inserts and leather bolsters
  • Power front seats with 12-way adjustment
  • Rear seats (2 rows) in matching N suede and leather
  • Black headlining
  • Boot space: 842 litre boot (VDA)