HYUNDAI Motorsport has used the Frankfurt International Motor Show to reveal the Veloster N ETCR, its first ever electric race car, based on the road going Veloster N model and set to take part in the 2020 ETCR championship.
The series is the first global multi-brand racing category for electric touring cars, and will run its inaugural season across four events next year, with SEAT’s Cupra e-racer the only other vehicle confirmed so far.
Hyundai’s offering is based on the road going Veloster N model, with the Veloster N ETCR heralding an exciting new era for Hyundai Motorsport, which will see electric racing become one of the pillars of the company.
It capitalises on Hyundai Motorsport’s expertise in touring car racing and follows the success of the competitive i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR packages. Development of the ETCR project mirrors Hyundai’s wider strategy for development of electric road cars too.
Designed and built at the company’s Alzenau headquarters, the Veloster N ETCR is fully electric, rear wheel drive with a mid mounted motor. Two firsts for a Hyundai Motorsport project, in line with electrical racing series regulations.
Design work began in November 2018, with the first shakedown of the prototype completed in August 2019. A full testing program will commence later this month, supported by Hyundai Motorsport’s trained and experienced engineers.
Hyundai Motorsport plans to produce two Veloster N ETCR cars for the first season next year. The project will be integrated alongside the company’s continued commitments as a manufacturer within the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
Hyundai Motorsport also runs Customer Racing efforts with the i20 R5, i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR, and as part of its role as a development centre for high performance cars, all learnings from the Veloster N ETCR will be shared with Hyundai’s global R&D facility.