The covers will come off in Frankfurt next month.
Back in May, Rimac – the electric hypercar manufacturer responsible for the 1,900-HP C_Two – announced it was joining forces with Hyundai and Kia to collaborate on two high-performance electric cars due to launch by 2020. And now we may have been given our first glimpse at one of them, as Hyundai has teased a new electric race car slated to debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
The new mystery car has been designed and built at by Hyundai Motorsport in Alzenau, Germany, the division responsible for the manufacturer’s WRC rally cars, as well as the i20 R5, i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR racers that have already claimed victories and championships in motorsport series around the world.
Unfortunately, Hyundai remains tight-lipped on details. We don’t even know what form the car it will take, but the shape of the car shown under a sheet in the teaser video suggests it will be a hatchback. Hyundai says the concept will "showcase Hyundai’s high-performance capabilities, green technology credentials and unwavering passion for motorsport.”
"A new era is dawning at Hyundai Motorsport,” said team director Andrea Adamo. "For many months, our team in Alzenau has been working hard on an exciting electric vehicle and soon we will be able to share the fruits of these labours."
"It promises to be a new chapter for our company, a natural extension to our motorsport activities, one that links closely to the current trends and innovations in the wider automotive industry," continued Adamo. "There’s not much longer to wait; all will be revealed at the IAA in Frankfurt in early September.”
What also isn’t clear is which series Hyundai’s electric race car might compete. It could be a new electric touring car designed to compete in the new E TCR series launching in 2020, but we’ll have to wait until it debuts in Frankfurt to find out more. One thing the trailer makes clear, however, is that it’s going to be extremely fast as we get to see it burn some serious rubber in the brief 40-second video.