Hyundai Motorsport have recently confirmed that it will make the move into circuit racing for the first time with the development of a new car designed to TCR regulations.
Based around the latest generation of the ever popular Hyundai i30, which was launched in 2016, the all-new i30 has been under development at Hyundai’s German base since September and is due to start testing in spring. Delivery to customer teams is due before the end of year in preperation for the start of the 2018 season.
The new i30 TCR is the latest to come from Hyundai’s Customer Racing department after latest incarnation of the i20 R5-spec rally car and is a welcome sign of the continued expansion of a motorsport sector established in 2012 when the Korean manufacturer started to relish the opportunity of it’s return into the World Rally Championship.
The TCR series represents a lower-cost alternative to the World Touring Car Championship. The i30 TCR is fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with a six-speed gearbox. The use of a 100-litre fuel tank should no doubt ensure that fuel is not an issue during the race.
TCR Regulations mean that i30 TCR must be two-wheel drive, weigh at least 1285kg including the driver, and offer up 330bhp.
“The beginning of our first project specifically for circuit racing is a very important step for Hyundai Motorsport,” team principal Michel Nandan said. “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 promoter of TCR, Marcello Lotti was extremely happy with the news of Hyundai being added to the ever growing list of manufacturers now involved in the series.
“We are delighted to welcome Hyundai into the ever-growing TCR family,” he said. “The arrival of the Korean manufacturer adds even more prestige to a long list of famous brands that have decided to embrace the TCR concept and compete with their production models in an expanding number of racing series worldwide. We can’t wait to see them join the International Series where we believe that they will be competitive straight away.”