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Hyundai sparks entry for Electric Touring Cars at Frankfurt

HYUNDAI ELECTRIC RACER. Image: Hyundai

FRANKFURT, German – Hyundai Motorsport revealed its Veloster N Electric Touring Car racer at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show based on the road-going Veloster N.

The car has been designed specifically for the new Electric Touring Car Racing championship which will debut in 2020 and, the automaker says, ”heralds an exciting era for Hyundai Motorsport which will see electric racing become a pillar of the company”.

The vehicle, backed by Hyundai Motorsport’s Touring Cars’ expertise and following the success of the i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR packages, was designed and built at the company’s Alzenau headquarters. It is rear-wheel driven with a mid-mounted motor – each a first for a Hyundai Motorsport project.

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Design began in November 2018, first shakedown was completed in August 2019, and a full testing programme will commence towards the end of September 2019. The programme will be supported by Hyundai Motorsport engineers with two Veloster N ETCR cars to be assembled for the first ETCR season.

Thomas Schemera, head of the product division and a Hyundai Motor Group executive vice-president, told The Corner in a media release: “With this unveiling we’ve passed another milestone in Hyundai Motorsport.

“ETCR is the natural next step in our journey to a global strategy for electric vehicles. The Veloster N ETCR will be an ideal addition to our commitment to WRC and to customer racing through the i20 R5, i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR.”

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