TCR version of Veloster to join Hyundai i30 N TCR

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Hyundai is extending its customer racing program with a second TCR model, the first of which will be run by Bryan Herta Autosport in the 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series.

Like their road car counterparts, the Veloster N TCR and i30 N TCR share a lot of mechanicals, around 85% of their core components. This includes the 350bhp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. Both are produced at Hyundai Motorsport’s Headquarters in Alzenau, Germany.

Apart from fielding the new car themselves, Bryan Herta will also sell them and provide technical support and parts.

The Veloster N TCR will be fully unveiled closer to January 25, the start of the 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Season, which spans 10 rounds at marquee tracks across North America.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Bryan Herta Autosport back with us, racing the new Veloster N TCR at America’s most fabled racing circuits in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge,” said Dean Evans, Hyundai Motor America’s chief marketing officer.

“After their championship run in 2018, we can’t wait to see the show they put on for our fans and customers in the Veloster N TCR race cars.”

“Chapter two is going to be exciting,” said Bryan Herta, president and CEO of Bryan Herta Autosport.

“We learned so much by racing and winning with the i30 N TCR last season. We know just how excellent the platform is in hard competition. The Veloster N TCR retains everything great about the i30 N and gives us a world-class race car with a direct road car counterpart that our fans can purchase and drive every day.”

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