Hyundai to race

BY Azfar Hashim

Hyundai Motorsport has announced its first project for circuit racing, a TCR-specification design based on the new-generation i30

Hyundai Motorsport will take its first steps into circuit racing this year, with the development of a car for the TCR International Series 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. 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.

Work on the design began at Hyundai Motorsport in September last year; building and development of the cars will also be completed at the company’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany. The creation of this new project continues the work started by the Customer Racing department on the New Generation i20 R5 rally car which showed the high-performance, dynamic side of Hyundai to a wider audience.

In line with current TCR regulations, the car will be powered by a two-litre turbocharged engine (from within the Hyundai range), and fitted with a six-speed gearbox and 100-litre fuel tank. The car is scheduled to begin testing in early April, while the first deliveries to customers are planned for December.