Hyundai Motorsport reveals Veloster N ETCR

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.

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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.

Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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