Just in time for Daytona.
Hyundai's motorsport venture has already been quite impressive thanks to the Veloster N TCR and now its next vehicle is about to hit the track. The Hyundai Elantra N TCR, the latest vehicle designed by Hyundai's Customer Racing department, will make its US motorsport debut at the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge four-hour race at the Daytona International Speedway this coming Friday, January 29. Since making its racing debut in 2018 with Bryan Herta Autosport, Hyundai has made its mark in the North American Touring Car scene by winning three back-to-back TCR championships as well as the 2020 Manufacturers title.
"The all-new Elantra N TCR car is an exciting addition to Hyundai's formidable TCR lineup," said Bryan Herta.
"We are proud to be providing this new challenger its track debut. I am confident the Elantra N TCR will be fast and fun to drive as you would expect from a Hyundai N."The team will be entering two Elantra N TCRs and the Veloster N TCR will also be returning to the same racing category. The 3.56-mile track consists of 12 turns and 31 degrees of banking on the oval sections.
The cars, Nos. 33 and 98, will be driven by Ryan Norman and Parker Chase, respectively. These cars are the racing versions of the upcoming Hyundai Elantra N road car, though there are some obvious changes.
Most noticeably are the massive track-spec fenders and lots of aerodynamic bodywork. A set of 18x10 Braid wheels covers new brakes with six-piston calipers up front and two-piston units at the rear. Under the hood lies a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 350 horsepower. A six-speed sequential transmission sends power to the front wheels only. The suspension has the same general layout as the road car, though some adjustments have been made. The total weight comes to just 2,789 pounds, including the driver.
Of course, we regular folk will soon have the first-ever Hyundai Elantra N, also pictured here, a vehicle we experienced in pre-production form last November. We came home very impressed.