As previously mentioned, the car has a maximum output of 500kw or about 670 horsepower. It’s also a plug-in hybrid, so the fuel cell is basically just recharging a reasonable-sized battery that’s mounted in the middle of the car. This battery and other power electronics are made by Rimac. In fact, it bears a passing resemblance to the T-shaped battery cell found in Rimac’s Nevera Hypercar. Hyundai invested $90 million in Rimac back in 2019, so this collaboration makes sense.
Thanks to this fuel cell and battery combination, the rear-wheel-drive Vision FK Prototype is reportedly capable of 600km of range, or about 370 miles. That’s an impressive figure for a fuel cell vehicle considering the maximum power output. The Nexo crossover has a similar range, for instance, but has just 161 horsepower on tap.
Speaking about the concept, Biermann calls the packaging situation “extremely complicated.” Indeed, in the cutaway image above you can see batteries, two hydrogen tanks, electric motors, and a massive fuel cell fighting for space beneath the concept’s skin. Rimac, as mentioned before, designed the power electrics system. Everything else was done by Hyundai’s in-house engineering team.
The nature of the collaboration and the fact that the Vision FK appears to be based on an existing car certainly makes it seem like more of a real prototype and not just a rendering. Hyundai has been seen fielding mid-engine prototypes in the past, going as far as letting the press drive them. Those cars are based on the Veloster and powered by both electric drivetrains and combustion engines.
Recently, however, a Stinger-based coupe prototype has been spotted testing under heavy camouflage in South Korea, as the Korean Car Blog reports. Also, auto leak and spy shot specialist Cochespias sent some shots to KCB of a Vision FK constructed in the metal, apparently leaked by the Korean publication Auto Herald. Needless to say, they’re extremely similar and likely part of the same project.
Hyundai is clearly taking this project seriously. And to further fuel the fire, the automaker has previously said it’s looking into batteries and hydrogen for its “N” performance brand. Based on that and Biermann’s language, it seems like a possible production version of this vehicle is not far off on the horizon. The fact that a real prototype actually exists is already a big deal in itself.
It’s possible, then; that the Vision FK is not just a rendering. A Hyundai spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.
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