Hyundai's newest Touring Car: the Elantra N TCR
Joining the i30 and Veloster, the new Elantra has been revealed in Touring Car specification.
A new name in motorsport, the relatively recently established Bavarian based Hyundai Motorsport GmBH has been highly successful in touring car class racing. Title after title, Hyundai's Customer Racing department-developed i30 N and Veloster N in TCR specification have dominated race events across the globe, taking out one-third of all drivers' titles in the WTCR, and winning outright in the inaugral season of the Australian Touring Car Series and the 2019 TCR Europe Series.
The continued success of Hyundai's motorsport division has given them the go-ahead for huge investments into performance car development - and their latest release proves just that whilst bucking the hatchback TCR trend with the new Elantra N TCR. Revealed at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show alongside the electric RM20E prototype, the saloon based TCR car has undergone 5,000 kilometres of testing and now joins Hyundai's TCR line-up, aimed at diversifying options and giving customer teams the opportunity to select the relevant car that applies to them.
The Elantra N TCR follows Touring Car regulation, featuring a 2.0L turbocharged engine with roots from the road-car, which is operated through a six-speed sequential paddle-shift gearbox driving the front wheels. Although design cues are taken from the new Elantra production car, the race variant is designed from the ground up, or as Hyundai states 'from a blank sheet of paper' - utilising the full potential of the new Elantra road-car's chassis.
Testing for the Elantra N TCR began just a few months ago in June, with a team of engineers travelling Europe and taking to race tracks to create different profiles for the car, from short sprint races to long-distance endurance. Along with in-house testing, Hyundai's Customer Racing department has surveyed multiple drivers for feedback, including veteran racing driver Gabriele Tarquini who currently participates in the WTCR.
Hyundai states that testing will continue in the following months, with final cars ready to be delivered by the end of 2020.
This TCR Elantra may serve as a preview for the Elantra N road-car, which is also currently in the works and has been spotted driving around Germany on multiple occasions.