Hyundai's N division has lifted the wraps on the brand's TCR competitor.
Hyundai has been upping its motorsports game rather dramatically in recent years and is starting to become recognized as a serious player in both the street performance and racing industries. Cars such as the Veloster N have convinced many that the Korean manufacturer has what it takes to build a competent hot hatchback, and now it has revealed its latest race car offering; the Elantra N TCR. The Elantra N TCR is the latest car to be designed by Hyundai's Customer Racing department and was revealed at the Beijing Motor Show after having completed a thorough 3,100 miles of track testing.
In TCR racing, the Elantra N TCR will go up against the likes of the VW Golf GTI TCR.
The Elantra N TCR has been developed from the ground up for countries where the Hyundai Elantra is sold locally. Experience gained from more than two years of racing with the i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR has helped Hyundai to create a racing car that has taken full advantage of the knowledge at hand. Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Andrea Adamo said: "After three months of testing and development work I am very happy to finally be able to reveal the Elantra N TCR to the world. Staging the first public showing of the car in China shows our global plans for the cars to strengthen Hyundai Motorsport's in race series around the world."
This race-ready car follows the TCR regulations with a front-wheel-drive layout powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, derived from Hyundai's road-going cars, through a six-speed paddle-shift transmission as used in its other TCR creations.
The car has already seen extensive tests on numerous European racetracks. Gabriele Tarquini, a driver for Hyundai comments, "As a driver the Elantra N TCR felt a very nice car to drive, even from the first tests. I've already been able to complete a lot of laps in the car in testing, driving both the sprint and endurance versions, which are being developed together. Straight away the added experience that Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing had from the i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR really showed - and we were able to achieve good progress in developing the new car from the start." Hyundai plans on delivering the first chassis before the end of 2020.