New Veloster N ETCR breaks cover in Frankfurt.
Like it or not, electric racing is a thing now. Not only in Formula E, but in a growing list of EV racing series. Like the new ETCR, for which Hyundai has revealed this rather stunning challenger.
Unveiled today at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, Hyundai's new electric touring car is nominally based on the Veloster, but it's nothing like the one you can pick up at your showroom. This one's completely powered by batteries, for starters, and places its electric motor in the middle, behind the cockpit, driving the rear wheels.
Though it's the Korean automaker's first electric racer, it follows in the skid-marks of the conventionally powered Veloster N TCR and i30 N TCR – not to mention the i20 R5 and i30 WRC rally machines. That gives Hyundai Motorsport a wealth of experience to draw on, and the new Veloster N ETCR unveiled here ought to give the automaker even more expertise in developing its road-going electric vehicles.
"Today, we have experienced another special milestone in the history of Hyundai Motorsport. We are proud to reveal the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR, our first electric race car, designed specifically for ETCR regulations," said Hyundai's performance chief Thomas Schemera.
"Through our successful Customer Racing division, we have spent many years honing our skills in touring car racing, which has resulted in two packages capable of competing for championships around the world. ETCR is the natural next step in our journey, and one that aligns perfectly to Hyundai's global strategy for electric vehicle production."
This reveal makes Hyundai the second automaker to sign on for the new Electric Touring Car Racing series, following Seat's Cupra e-Racer. Expect to see more carmakers revealing their own electric racing machines in the near future as the series gears up for its first season next year.