Based on the road-going Veloster hatchback, the Veloster N ETCR is an electric car designed specifically for the new ETCR championship, which will make its debut in 2020. The new model heralds an exciting new era for Hyundai Motorsport, which will see electric racing become one of the pillars of the company.
The vehicle 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 the development of electric road cars, and further underscores Hyundai Motorsport’s high-performance capabilities.
Designed and built at the company’s Alzenau headquarters, the Veloster N ETCR is fully electric, rear-wheel-drive with a mid-mounted motor.
Hyundai hasn’t released performance numbers fo the new Veloster N ETCR, but Curpa’s e-Racer will compete in the same series and therefore met the same regulations. Cupra has declared 680bhp and a 0-62mph time of 3.2 seconds, so expect something similar for the Hyundai.
Race to road
Over the years motorsport has been shown to accelerate the development of technology, the Formula E Championship is just one example where manufacturers are able to test out new tech which will eventually reach our roads cars.
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, with two Veloster N ETCR cars to be produced for the first ETCR season.
The project will be integrated alongside the company’s continued commitments as a manufacturer within the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), as well as its Customer Racing efforts with the i20 R5, i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR. As part of Hyundai Motorsport’s 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 in Namyang, South Korea.
Head of Product Division, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor Group Thomas Schemera said:
“Today, we have experienced another special milestone in the history of Hyundai Motorsport. We are proud to reveal the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR, our first electric race car, designed specifically for ETCR regulations. We have been anticipating this moment for some time and we are thrilled to open this exciting new chapter for our company.
ETCR 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.
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.”