Hyundai unveils latest TCR-spec Elantra N touring car

Hyundai has officially unveiled its latest challenger for TCR-spec touring car racing, the Elantra N TCR joining its existing i30 N and Veloster N models

Hyundai unveils latest TCR-spec Elantra N touring car

The South Korean manufacturer has won both editions of the WTCR series for TCR machinery since it took over from the World Touring Car Championship in 2018, with BRC Racing drivers Gabriele Tarquini (2018) and Norbert Michelisz (2019) both campaigning the i30 N.

Josh Files also added last year's TCR Europe title in a Target Competition i30 N, while the Veloster N that is predominantly campaigned in the US won last season's IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge with Bryan Herta Autosport.

The new Elantra N TCR has been testing since June and to date completed 5,000km of running, with a Hyundai release explaining that it has visited "a number of circuits around Europe" - understood to be Hockenheim and Vallelunga - "to develop both sprint and long-distance packages in parallel".

It will be powered a new production-base 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, but retains the same six-speed, paddle-shift operated gearbox as Hyundai's existing TCR offerings.

It has also switched from hydraulic to electronic steering.

The first chassis is set to be delivered to customers before the end of 2020, to be ready for competition next year.

Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Andrea Adamo said: "After three months of testing and development work I am very happy to finally be able to reveal the Elantra N TCR to the world.

"By starting with a clean sheet of paper, the Customer Racing department designers and engineers have been able to take advantage of the opportunity to further improve all-round performance of the car, as well as use all of the knowledge and experience gained from two years of racing with the i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR."

Tarquini has been one of the drivers tasked with the Elantra N TCR's development, and said its increased size compared to the i30 N was not noticeable from its performance.

"As a driver the Elantra N TCR felt very nice, even from the first tests," he said.

"I've already been able to complete a lot of laps in the car in testing, driving both the sprint and endurance versions, which are being developed together and we were able achieve good progress in developing the new car from the start.

"There are lots of small changes which customer teams and drivers will really appreciate, such as improvements in the steering system over the previous cars.

"Clearly the Elantra N TCR is much bigger, but the handling means that behind the wheel you cannot notice the difference."

Hyundai is unlikely to retain its WTCR title this year after all four works-supported i30 Ns were withdrawn from last weekend's Nurburgring WTCR round, explaining that "Hyundai Motorsport has the feeling that neither the company nor our customer teams are given equal treatment in the series to other competitors and are not made to feel welcome".

shares
comments
Nurburgring WTCR: Ehrlacher extends points lead with Girolami penalised

Previous article

Nurburgring WTCR: Ehrlacher extends points lead with Girolami penalised

Next article

WTCR Slovakia: Coronel follows Berthon maiden win, Catsburg wins race 3

WTCR Slovakia: Coronel follows Berthon maiden win, Catsburg wins race 3
Load comments

About this article

Series WTCR
Author James Newbold
The tin-top champion who doesn't know the meaning of retirement Plus

The tin-top champion who doesn't know the meaning of retirement

The news is out that three-time World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx is stepping down from full-time racing. But he's still got plenty of mileage left him in yet, and his son has much more

WTCR
Jun 16, 2020
The phoenix driver who is at peace with his defeats Plus

The phoenix driver who is at peace with his defeats

Esteban Guerrieri spent years trying to make it in single-seaters, and came closer than you'd think to making it to F1. Now he's forging a successful tin-top career, but it's his philosophical approach to defeat and personal growth that is truly impressive

WTCR
Jan 13, 2020
The surprise team orders twisting a world title battle Plus

The surprise team orders twisting a world title battle

Team orders in major touring car racing are nothing unusual with manufacturer honour at stake. But in the 2019 World Touring Cars title fight, one team is raising eyebrows with the choices it is making

WTCR
Nov 18, 2019
The 'weapon' clash that turned a world title battle bitter Plus

The 'weapon' clash that turned a world title battle bitter

Emotions ran high at Suzuka last weekend between two teams gunning for global tin-top bragging rights, and little has been done to cool those tensions since. While that's great news for WTCR, is there a danger of both outfits losing sight of their main aim?

WTCR
Nov 2, 2019
How WTCR's last real independent has stayed in play Plus

How WTCR's last real independent has stayed in play

The World Touring Car Cup has gone from strength to strength for 2019 - but one small team in particular is proving time and again that it merits a place alongside the series' big hitters

WTCR
Apr 23, 2019
The lessons World Touring Cars must heed from history Plus

The lessons World Touring Cars must heed from history

The WTCR has made a massive step up in quality ahead of its second season in its current format, but as manufacturers start to lock horns is it already in danger of repeating other great touring car series' mistakes?

WTCR
Apr 5, 2019
A world champion in waiting's tortuous path to recovery Plus

A world champion in waiting's tortuous path to recovery

Tiago Monteiro seemed destined to win the World Touring Car Championship last year, until a huge testing crash halted his charge. After early whispers of a swift racing return, he recounts his arduous (and incomplete) road to recovery

WTCR
Aug 9, 2018
Why a world championship made the ultimate sacrifice Plus

Why a world championship made the ultimate sacrifice

A rulebook scrapped with two-thirds of its planned existence remaining and the disintegration of a 'world championship' - yet everyone's a winner from one of modern motorsport's greatest acts of martyrdom

WTCR
Jan 9, 2018