Wednesday, Sep 11 09:33am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

All-electric Hyundai Veloster N ETCR revealed

Hyundai Motorsport have revealed their all-electric Veloster N ETCR at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt.


The Veloster N ETCR is the third TCR car from Hyundai after the i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR, both of which run internal combustion engines.


The Veloster N ETCR is the first car from the Korean manufacturer that is battery-powered. It’s only the second fully electric car to conform to the ETCR regulations after CUPRA revealed their e-Racer late last year.


Designed and built at the company’s Alzenau headquarters, the Veloster N ETCR is rear-wheel-drive with a mid-mounted motor, in line with ETCR regulations.


The project began late last year and testing conducted in August this year. A full testing program is expected to be carried out in the forthcoming months.


“Through our successful Customer Racing division, we have spent many years honing our skills in Touring Car racing, which has resulted in two packages capable of competing for championships around the world,” Head of Product Division, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor Group Thomas Schemera said.


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“TCR is the natural next step in our journey, and one that aligns perfectly to Hyundai’s global strategy for electric vehicle production. We have a detailed test program for the Veloster N ETCR, supported by the fully trained and experienced team of engineers at Hyundai Motorsport.


“The Veloster N ETCR will make an ideal addition to our ongoing commitment to WRC and to Customer Racing through the i20 R5, i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR.”


Currently just Hyundai and CUPRA have committed to building ETCR cars. Alfa Romeo, Audi, Volkswagen, Honda, KIA, Lada, Lynk & Co, Opel, Peugeot, Renault and Subaru are currently represented in TCR competition globally.


“The Hyundai Veloster N ETCR marks the arrival of a second premiere brand of car manufacturers into this new category that we have launched in the wake of TCR’s global success,” WSC Group President Marcello Lotti said.


“And it won’t be the last one! We must have done something good so far if a company like Hyundai has chosen to follow us in this new adventure after having already trusted, successfully, the TCR concept.”


New Zealand is set to get its own TCR category in 2020, which will play support to the Castrol Toyota Racing Series.