2020 Hyundai Veloster N ETCR
Hyundai is one of the top players in the TCR category of touring car racing. The most popular category in the world of tin tops can be seen in action almost anywhere in the world, including Stateside, and now an electric series seems more tangible than ever. Hyundai released the Veloster N E-TCR to go alongside Cupra’s E-TCR racer. The Hyundai features four electric motors, all in the back, and a 65-kWh battery package.
The Hyundai Veloster N ETCR Is a Wild RWD Electric Race Car
Revealed next to lightened Hyundai i30 N, the ETCR-prepped Hyundai Veloster N wowed the Frankfurt Motor Show press crowds with the flamboyant livery, and, quite frankly, impressive looks. Prepared for the ETCR - the electric touring car racing series - that starts in 2020 - the Veloster N features a mid-mounted electric motor, RWD, and floor-mounted batteries.
While the car is a cool racing proposition for the future, the story behind it is a bit more interesting than what you could pick up at first glance. We know a lot more about it than Hyundai was comfortable to reveal in Frankfurt.
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N TCR Seems Ready For A Promising Racing Season In 2019
The Hyundai Elantra GT N Line did not come alone to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit; it has the 2019 Velostar N TCR for company. This race car from the South Korean is eligible to race in the 2019 International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Michelin Pilot Challenge series and the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge. Doesn’t it feel tempting to own a car that has raced the tracks?
2019 Hyundai Veloster N TCR
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.
2018 Hyundai Ioniq SEMA Ultimate Street Car
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric may not look like a race car, but leave it to Hyundai to create something out of seemingly nothing with the Ioniq Electric 2018 Ultimate Street Car. Developed to defend its 2017 title in the GTE class of the Optima Ultimate Street Car series, this one-off Ioniq Electric isn’t for the faint of heart. It looks the part of a race car. It’s fitted with a number of racing components. Most importantly, it’s the recipient of an electric motor transplant from the Hyundai Kona, giving it the juice to compete against the likes of Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Tesla Model S P100D. The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is scheduled to compete in the last two races of the 2018 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational.
2018 Hyundai Veloster SEMA Ultimate Street Car
Prepared to compete at the Optima Batteries’ 2018 Search for the Ultimate Street Car, Hyundai unveiled an all-new special Veloster N. It will enter the Optima Batteries GTC class and compete at the last two events of the year. The reasoning behind this new special edition Veloster N is straightforward. Hyundai is about to reveal the performance-focused Veloster N in the U.S. Generating hype by competing in events like this can only further the cause of linking the Veloster N name with performance and excitement.
"The OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car competition is the perfect venue to allow Hyundai to showcase its expanding performance envelope and introduce the N-brand vehicles to performance enthusiasts," said Joshua Vedder, Senior Group Manager, Customer Connect, Hyundai Motor America. "The vehicles are modified in a way that mirrors a typical enthusiast – gripper tires and suspension, increased power, etc.; and then tested in this severe environment. This is one way we ensure our vehicle will exceed our customers’ expectations."
Apart from the new specially prepared racing Veloster N, Hyundai unveiled an awesome Ioniq with the drivetrain from the Kona Electric. That one will try to defend the title it won at the 2017 National Championship in the GTE class. Nevertheless, we are focused now on the Veloster N as it did receive some serious upgrades over the streetcar that will come soon to our market, but it remain a street-legal machine.
Applying much the same magic as to the stunning i30 N, Hyundai translated the Veloster N into a car capable of competing with the likes of the Civic Type R, the Golf GTI, and the Focus ST, among others. We have been expecting the Veloster N for some time. Actually, ever since we saw that stunning mid-engine Veloster with a 2.0-liter, 296-horsepower turbocharged engine back in 2014.
2018 Hyundai i30 N TCR
Launched for the 2018 model year, the i30 N is Hyundai first high-performance vehicle for the road. Although the N division is a few years old and responsible for the company’s solid rally campaign, road-going cars wearing this badge are still to come. While the i30 N already available in Europe, a similar version of the brand-new Veloster is coming to the U.S. in 2018. The i30 won’t make it on this side of the pond for road use, but Hyundai wants to use the beefed-up hatchback on the race track. Meet the i30 N TCR, Hyundai’s weapon of choice for the Pirelli World Challenge.
Showcased for the first time at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, the i30 N TCR was launched alongside Hyundai’s new partnership with Bryan Herta Autosport. The result of this collaboration is a factory-sponsored race team that uses two versions of Hyundai’s i30 N TCR race cars currently available to customers in Europe. Bryan Herta will also develop all aspects of the team, including technicians, drivers, coaching, and management.
As the name suggests, the i30 N TCR will compete in the Touring Car Racing division of the Pirelli World Championship. The season kicks off in March and ends in September after six events across the U.S. You’ll be able to see the i30 N TCR on March 23-25 in Texas, April 27-29 in Virginia, May 25-28 in Connecticut, July 13-15 in Oregon, August 10-12 in Utah, and August 31 - September 2 in New York.
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The Hyundai i30 N Comes to the U.S., But Only as a Race Car
Unveiled in 2017 as the company’s first road-going model built by the recently established N brand, the Hyundai i30 N isn’t available in the U.S. However, the performance hatchback just made its North American debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Don’t get overly excited though, as only a race-spec version of the hatchback will flex its muscle on U.S. soil. Specifically, Hyundai will race the i30 N in the Touring Car Racing (TCR) class of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season.
Hyundai i20 WRC
Introduced in 2008 as a replacement for the Getz, the Hyundai i20 was redesigned for 2014, when it received a brand-new exterior design with more angular features and a new, turbocharged three-cylinder in addition to revised version of the previous engines. Unlike its predecessor, the second-generation i20 also spawned a race car, marking the company’s return to the World Rally Championship.
Updated for each new competition season since its introduction in 2014, the i20 WRC has been once again re-engineered ahead of the upcoming 2017 World Rally Championship. Although not yet ready to hit the difficult gravel and tarmac courses of the WRC season, Hyundai brought a pre-production version of the new race car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
Much like its predecessors, the i20 WRC is a heavily modified version of the road car, featuring an aggressive aero kit, an FIA-approved interior, and a race-spec engine and transmission. According to Hyundai, prototypes have been tested since April across numerous locations in Europe and in a variety of different conditions. Testing is set to continue toward the end of the year in order to get the car ready ahead of its debut at Rallye Monte Carlo in January 2017.
"The 2017 WRC regulations have allowed all teams to start from a blank page, which has offered us an exciting engineering challenge. The changes will raise the level of entertainment in WRC on stages around the world with wider and more powerful cars. We have been putting our experience from two full seasons of WRC into practice, as we aim to build on our successful 2016 campaign," said Hyundai Motorsport team principal Michel Nandan.
The final version of the 2017 Hyundai i20 WRC will be revealed by the end of 2016.
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Hyundai Showcases Latest i20 WRC at Paris Motor Show
It’s been four years since Hyundai launched the first i20 WRC at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and the Korean automaker returned to the same event to showcase the fourth iteration of the rally-spec race car. Developed by the company’s Motorsport division located near the Nurburgring track, the new i20 WRC follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, but makes use of revised aerodynamics and the WRC’s updated regulations.
Set to make its debut in the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship, the new i20 WRC is not ready to hit the gravel just yet, but the prototype shown in Paris is almost ready for production and gives a good glimpse at the upcoming race car. Several new features are noticeable at first glance, starting with the redesigned grille, the larger front splitter, the new headlamps with red accents, and the significantly wider front wheel arches. Onto the sides, the massive side skirts form a single piece with the rear wheel arches, while the rear end is highlighted by a large roof wing and a big diffuser under the bumper. The roof scoop, the lightweight wheels, and the aerodynamically enhanced side mirrors round of the exterior.
Needless to say, the 2017 i20 WRC is the most menacing rally car Hyundai has built since its Motorsport program set shop at the Nurburgring.
Under the lightweight shell lurks a revised version of the turbocharged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine found in the previous model. Thanks to the new regulations, Hyundai was able to increase output from 300 to a whopping 380 horsepower. The race car also generates more downforce and uses an active central differential, which, according to the company, enables the i20 WRC to compete with longer and wider vehicles.
The final version of the 2017 i20 WRC will be unveiled in December, about a month before the new car makes its official debut at the Rallye Monte Carlo on January 20.
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Korean automaker Hyundai has evolved dramatically over the past few years, to the extent that it also announced plans to launch a series of high-performance models under its new N division. Although road-going vehicles wearing the N badge have yet to arrive, Hyundai did launch the division with the 2014 hyundai i20 WRC, which marked the brand’s return to rallying after an 11-year hiatus. Having already completed two full WRC seasons in 2014 and 2015, the i20 WRC has been updated for 2016 and showcased at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Launched alongside the 2015 Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept car, the new i20 WRC has been developed at the company’s facility at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany. With the 2016 WRC season set to debut with the Monte Carlo event in January, the Korean brand unveiled the race-ready model at the team’s headquarters in Alzenau.
Hyundai Motorsport will field three cars in every round of the 2016 championship, with Dani Sordo, Hayden Paddon and Thierry Neuville behind the steering wheel. The team will begin its third WRC season with two new i20 WRC cars and one previous model at Rallye Monte Carlo before increasing to three 2016 cars from Rally Sweden.
Hyundai also announced it is already working on a new rally car for the 2017 season. Dubbed R5, it is also based on the second-generation i20 and will be developed with help from Dutch driver Kevin Abbring throughout 2016. Development of the R5 will commence in the first half of the year with homologation to be completed in mid-2016. Privateers will be able to place orders for the new race car in the second half of the year.
Updated 12/10/2015: Hyundai confirmed that it will enter three cars in every round of the 2016 championship. The company also confirmed it is already working on a new rally car for the 2017 season and that it should be completed in mid-2016.
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You’ll have to excuse Hyundai for being a little pumped up about its return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this year. After all, it was responsible for the record 9:46.164 lap time record, which it set last year with Rhys Millen.
In preparation for its return to the scene of its conquest, the Korean automaker is in the middle of a 12-part video series that tackles how the company is planning to have a successful encore.
In Parts 3 and 4 of the web series, Rhys Millen discusses the kind of power upgrade and the modified frame and body that will come with the new Genesis Coupe it plans to run up the mountain later this month.
To say that there’s pressure in the Hyundai camp to deliver a more successful run is a pretty big understatement. That’s why the company is sparing no expense to ensure that nobody will be disappointed once the heavily-modified Pikes Peak Genesis Coupe makes its run.
Click past the jump to watch Part 4 of the series
Hyundai’s record-setting performance with Rhys Millen at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last year was met with widespread praise from all corners of the industry.
The record time of 9:46.164 was blistering to say the least and gave the Korean automaker something to shoot for when it returns to Pikes Peak later this year.
In preparation for its Pikes Peak run, Hyundai has released a pair of videos on how it plans to have a successful encore to its 2012 performance. The early discussions call for dropping the weight of its racer by about 1,000 pounds, using titanium and carbon fiber. On top of that, Hyundai is preparing a modified version of its Genesis Coupe V-6 engine; one that will produce 900 horsepower.
With the tremendous success it had last year, a lot is riding on Hyundai to have a successful encore. Whether or not it does remains to be seen, but what we do know is that Pikes Peak is scheduled for June 30, 2013 and whatever questions we might have now will be answered then.
Click past the jump to watch Rhys Millen’s record-setting lap from last year’s hill climb
Hyundai has unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show an updated version of its i20 WRC racecar set to be used in the FIA World Rally Championship in the 2014 racing season. The new racecar is the result of a cooperation between Hyundai’s R&D facility in Namyang, Korea and the newly formed Hyundai Motorsport GmbH in Alzenau, Germany.
Unlike the model unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, the new i20 WRC features numerous updates to the aerodynamics, thanks to the addition of a new rear wing and front spoiler. Also updated were the chassis and suspension to improve cooling, enhance suspension kinematics and chassis stiffness. The model also received a redesigned livery that combines Hyundai’s corporate blue with innovative characters from the native Korean script, Hunminjeongeum.
The model will soon begin a more intensive test program at various locations in Europe and depending on the results, the car will be updated to be ready for the 2014 racing season.
Back in 2012, Hyundai scored animpressive world record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a time of 9:46.164. This year, Hyundai and Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) want to defend their record time and have prepared a purpose-built unlimited-class rear-drive racecar.
The 2013 race car will take most of its powertrain components from Hyundai’s production-based Lambda engine family. Of course, the production version’s output will be taken out to a more race-appropriate 900 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque. We still have no idea how this output has been obtained, but Hyundai confirmed that the racecar keeps the standard engine block, cylinder heads, bearings and engine accessories.
Along with the powertrain borrowed from the production series model, the racecar chassis will be enveloped by a Genesis Coupe-like silhouette to compete in the unlimited class.
Details on who will be driving the car on June 30th at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be announced at a later date.