Hyundai has taken the wraps off the Veloster Midship concept at the 2014 Busan Motor Show in South Korea. As the name suggests, the car is a mid-engined version of the Hyundai Veloster compact sports car. The concept is developed by the same Hyundai High Performance Team that earlier on brought us Hyundai’s i20 WRC racer.
The Veloster Midship is powered by a turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-litre four-cylinder Theta GDI engine transmitting just over 300 PS of peak power to the rear wheels. The engine is now mounted right behind the front seats, and within the wheelbase for better weight distribution. That ought to make a significant change in the handling and agility around corners. A lightweight aluminum suspension, reinforced chassis, and a large spoiler along with other extreme aero bits round up the package.
Unfortunately, the Veloster Midship will never make it to production, or even campaign on a racetrack in the future. Hyundai clearly states that this concept was built ”to explore possibilities for the Veloster chassis and is currently not related to any future production model.” Still, as a promotional tool to elevate your brand image, it is as good as anything out there.