Hyundai Ioniq 6: Burnout-Ready Like RN22e

Electric Sedan Needs Software Tweak

It may be a stretch beyond the normal scope of what a regular electric vehicle owner will pursue with their ride, but the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 is indeed competent of carrying out an attention-grabbing, smoky burnout. We have confirmation. At an informational meeting to highlight the recent Ioniq 6 sedan launch, CarBuzz asked a query that caused quite a few giggles from among the motor journalists gathered; could the Ioniq 6 do a burnout?

Our inquiry was prompted by the twofold-motor Ioniq 6 with all-wheel drive accompanied by a special attribute. To save energy and traverse more effectively, Hyundai mounted a dog grip on the fore motor so it can deactivate and solely utilize the rear engine. Logically, we assumed this could possibly turn out to be a drowsy/skid dilemma (drifting mode) solution and our suspicion was spot on.

“According to Dean Schlingmann, manager of engine management, on-board diagnostics, and vehicle emissions labs at Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, a car could theoretically lock the front axle, eliminating the need to hit the brake for a burnout. ‘Technically, it could be done,’ he says.

The remarkable Ioniq 6 can not only manage a burnout much more easily than that of a conventional internal combustion motor vehicle, but it could also do so with significantly less effort. As the car’s computer is able to control each motor individually, it has the capacity to make the front wheels remain stationary, while the rear ones turn, leading to a burnout from the outset. The driver would be liberated from having to stand on the brakes and letting them out gradually, as they would in the case of an ICE car. Ford has even patented a similar feature for electric vehicles, which shows that this capability is being seriously contemplated.

It is noteworthy to point out that, currently, the Ioniq 6 is set to only disengage the front axle while in Eco Mode, hence it isn’t meant to help owners burn their back tires.

The posing of this query could be seen as frivolous, since the Ioniq 6 appears to be a typical electric sedan with a potential driving distance of 361 miles. Yet Hyundai has given a subtle implication that they are planning to brings out a sporty N version and incorporate features such as ‘drift’ and ‘burnout modes’, which would appear much less jarring in this sort of car.

As we wait with bated breath for news on the Ioniq 6 N, the ability to decouple the front motor serves a more practical purpose. “It should yield around a 6% efficiency increase,” Schlingmann said. The dual motor AWD Ioniq 6 with 18-inch wheels on the SE trim has an EPA-rated range of 316 miles on a single charge, while the SEL and Limited trims with 20-inch wheels have a range of 270 miles. Unfortunately, decoupling the front wheels isn’t enough to give the AWD cars the same range as the RWD versions, but it does help maximize range and deliver more power when needed.

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