The i30 N TCR will still be available and will race head-to-head with the Veloster

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Hyundai will switch from the i30 N TCR to the Veloster N TCR for 2019 and aims at continued success in the Blancpain GT World Challenge TCR division as well as IMSA’s Michelin Pilot Challenge series. The new car will be offered through Bryan Herta Autosport in the U.S. for just $155,000 plus shipping charges.

Hyundai has ramped up its motorsport presence in the past few years. They’ve taken on the World Rally Championship and, more recently, entered the highly popular TCR scene with thei30 N hatchback. The car proved successful in both the World Touring Car Cup and the U.S.-bound Blancpain GT World Challenge.

After taking the team’s title this season the TCR class, Bryan Herta Autosport will offer the i30 N TCR’s replacement, based on the Veloster N platform, next year as a turn-key option for aspiring privateers. What is more, Hyundai will back teams competing in both IMSA-sanctioned and USAC-sanctioned championships next year.

What Makes The Hyundai Veloster N TCR Special

2019 Hyundai Veloster N TCR
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Hyundai has been successful in its first foray in the United States this season, former IndyCar team Bryan Herta Autosport operating a pair of i30 N TCR cars in Blancpain GT World Challenge’s TCR category for drivers Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins. While the driver’s crown eluded them, heading the way of RealTime Racing’s Ryan Eversley, the two Hyundai drivers worked together to bag the team’s title.

Now, Hyundai announced during last weekend's Michelin SportsCar Encore at Sebring Raceway, that it will compete alongside Bryan Herta Autosport next year in the Michelin Pilot Challenge with the Veloster N TCR.

It effectively means that another outfit will receive backing from the factory to run in the Blancpain GT World Challenge with the new Veloster that will be offered as a ready-to-race machine by Bryan Herta Autosport.

According to a statement released by Hyundai, "the two cars share around 85% of their core components, including the 350 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine." The new Veloster-based TCR racer is currently being built at the Hyundai Customer Racing Headquarters in Alzenau, Germany. You’ll first be able to see the Veloster N TCR run in anger during the opening weekend of the re-named IMSA Michelin Pilot Sport Challenge which will take place in conjunction with the Daytona 24 Hours between January 24th and 25th.

2019 Hyundai Veloster N TCR
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Note: standard Hyundai veloster N pictured here.

"We’re absolutely thrilled to have Bryan Herta Autosport back with us, racing the new Veloster N TCR at America’s most fabled racing circuits in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge,” said Dean Evans, Hyundai Motor America’s Chief Marketing Officer. "After their championship run in 2018, we can’t wait to see the show they put on for our fans and customers in the Veloster N TCR race cars." Bryan Herta added that "We learned so much by racing and winning with the i30 N TCR last season. We know just how excellent the platform is in hard competition. The Veloster N TCR retains everything great about the i30 N and gives us a world-class race car with a direct road-car counterpart that our fans can purchase and drive every day."

Herta himself had a taste of the i30 N TCR this autumn when he co-drove the car in its first North-American endurance race, the California 8 Hours held at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca in late October. The former Indy Lights champion co-drove with his son, Colton Herta, and won in the TCR class.

The Veloster is, according to Hyundai, "part of the ongoing rollout of the Hyundai N brand globally, and addresses the requests of Hyundai Motorsport customer teams in select national markets where the i30 N TCR race car was in competition, but the i30 N road car was not part of a region’s production-vehicle model range." That means that the i30 N TCR isn’t facing retirement just yet.

Bryan Herta Autosport will offer technical support and spares as the designated sales agent for the Veloster N TCR in the United States.

The price of a Veloster N TCR is $155,000, and for that kind of money, you get a car that is eligible to compete anywhere in the world where TCR rules apply.

2019 Hyundai Veloster N Exterior
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Note: standard Hyundai veloster N pictured here.

The racing Veloster, as mentioned, has the same engine that develops 350 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque as the i30. The power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox with pneumatic flappy paddles. Suspension is by MacPherson struts with adjustable dampers at the front while a four-arm multi-link setup with adjustable dampers sits at the rear. It has huge 14.9-inch ventilated disc brakes equipped with 6-piston calipers at the front and 10.9-inch ventilated disc brakes with 2-piston calipers at the rear, respectively. Thanks to the light composite materials used on the body, chassis, and many components, the whole thing weighs just 2,832 pounds with the driver strapped in.

Hyundai is also offering prize money for private teams that will campaign the Veloster Stateside next year. "Participating teams will be eligible for contingency payouts for each 2019 race, based on IMSA or Blancpain GT World Challenge race results and eligibility requirements," says the Korean manufacturer in its statement. Basically, each top 5 finish will be awarded financially by Hyundai with a win making you $7,500 richer. The same prize scheme is applicable in the Blancpain GT World Challenge’s TC class where the Veloster N is eligible.

2019 Hyundai Veloster N specifications

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT: 122 cu in, 1998 cc
POWER: 250 or 275 hp @ 6000 rpm
TORQUE: 260 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm
RANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
WHEELBASE: 104.3 in 104.3 in
LENGTH: 167.9 in
HEIGHT: 54.9–55.1 in
WIDTH: 71.3 71.3
CARGO VOLUME: 20 cu ft
CURB WEIGHT 3000–3100 lb (est)
Zero to 60 mph: 5.3–5.4 sec (est)
Zero to 100 mph: 12.3–12.5 sec (est)
Standing ¼-mile: 13.8–14.0 sec (est)
Top speed: 155 mph (est)
Combined/city/highway: 25/22/28 mpg

Further reading

2019 Hyundai Veloster N Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N.

2018 Hyundai i30 N TCR
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Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai i30 N TCR.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Hyundai Veloster.

Michael Fira
Michael Fira
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