The future of racing is here.
Hyundai has risen from humble econo-car manufacturer to tech leader and industry giant in a matter of years and is at the forefront of green-energy development and green propulsion systems. The Korean manufacturer recently announced that it would stop developing new combustion engines, and its hydrogen-powered Nexo recently set a world record for the longest distance set by a hydrogen-powered vehicle on a single tank. With a wide range of EVs in the works, including the Hyundai Ioniq 5, things are looking up for the brand, and the recent announcement that its fuel cell generators will be used to power the world's first electric touring cars should boost its name even further.
Hyundai Motor Group has announced that its hydrogen fuel cell system brand, HTWO, will enter the motorsports arena with its fuel cell generators that will provide power to the fledgling ETCR (Electric Touring Car Racing) category. "It is a significant milestone for Hyundai Motor Group that our fuel cell generator will play a key role in the charging infrastructure for high-performance racing cars at ETCR, as it heralds an exciting new era in the world of motorsports. Through the event, we hope to relay a message that hydrogen and electric energy solutions will coexist as the power sources of future mobility," said Saehoon Kim, executive vice president and head of fuel cell center, Hyundai Motor Group.
Hyundai will be entering its own team in the Pure ETCR championship but will provide the mobile charging infrastructure for all competing teams. The fuel-cell charging system can generate up to 160 kW of electricity, which is around twice that provided by the Nexo's unit. This system can fully charge an ETCR racing car's 65-kWh battery in less than an hour. The first ETCR event will be held in Vallelunga, Italy, from Friday, June 18 to Sunday, June 20.