Hyundai Motorsport has announced it will take its first steps into circuit racing this year, with the development of a car for the TCR regulations. The project, built to compete in the growing number of TCR championships around the world, continues the growth of Hyundai Motorsport.
The new car will be based on the ‘New-Generation’ i30, which was launched last year (above). The racing version is designed to take advantage of the best qualities of the road-going model, which went through its own rigorous testing plan, including mileage on the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit. (below)
In line with current TCR regulations the car will be powered by a two-liter turbocharged engine from within the Hyundai range, and fitted with a six-speed gearbox and 100-liter fuel tank.
Work on the design began at Hyundai Motorsport in September last year. The building and development of the cars will also be completed at the company’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany. The creation of the new project continues the work started by the Customer Racing department on the New Generation i20 R5 rally car by showing the high-performance, dynamic side of Hyundai to a wider audience.
“The beginning of our first project specifically for circuit racing is a very important step for Hyundai Motorsport,” explained Hyundai Motorsport team principal Michel Nandan. “The TCR regulations have proven incredibly successful, and are being embraced by a growing number of series around the world. By representing Hyundai in these championships our TCR car will promote the manufacturer in motorsport, together with our WRC and R5 projects. The coming months will be very busy for the Customer Racing department, with the TCR development running alongside the continuing support of our existing customers. I know, though, that we will create a strong car for an increasingly competitive category. Let’s look forward to seeing it on TCR starting grids.”
The car is scheduled to begin testing in early spring. The first deliveries to customers are planned for December.