Hyundai has seen a dominant season in TCR Asia culminate in triumph with the teams’ and drivers’ titles, with looking forward to a similar result in TCR Europe series.
Hyundai has begun testing with the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR, the company’s first electric racing project. It has revealed the news through Hyundai Motorsports Youtube channel twice, on August 6th and on September 2nd. Using the expertise in Touring Car racing shown in both the championship winning i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR, the aim is to produce a similarly strong all-round package for when the ETCR category begins racing next year.
Unveiled earlier on September 11th at IAA in Frankfurt the Veloster N ETCR is the first electric racing car to be built by Hyundai Motorsport in Alzenau, Germany. In the meantime, Hyundai Motorsport has released a video where reigning World Touring Car Cup 2018 champion Gabriele Tarquini teases the Veloster N ETCR.
Electric Vehicles in Motorsport
Motorsport is becoming sustainable. The TCR touring car racing category will launch a European series for electric cars. ETCR, along with Formula E started in 2014, will be the future Touring Car category for production cars powered by an electric powertrain. Also, the World Rallycross Championship is set to switch to fully electric cars in 2020.
The future of Touring Car Racing, ETCR
Introducing the ETCR, Marcello Lotti, president of TCR parent organization WSC, said that the electric race cars will be as fascinating as the petrol race cars. According to him, ETCR will seek to provide a marketing platform to demonstrate new and existing technologies and innovation.
The Veloster N ETCR has a battery capacity of 65 kWh and features an 800-volt system. It is a fully-electric, rear-wheel-drive with a mid-mounted motor. Its front suspension of the chassis uses McPherson strut, and it has double-wishbone rear suspension. The length is 4600 mm, the width 1970 mm, and the wheelbase 2700 mm. It weighs 1700 kg. The rest of its spec will be unveiled next year.
Motorsport to Develop Electric Technology
WSC Group has chosen Williams Advanced Engineering to design, develop, manufacture and supply the batteries and vehicle control modules (VCMs) for the first electric multi-brand Touring Car racing series, ETCR, the future of motorsport and electric mobility. While powering the first four seasons of Formula E racing, the batteries from Williams Advanced Engineering performed at most of the on-track reliability.
Williams Advanced Engineering will apply its award-winning capabilities, developed from Formula One, Formula E and the application of technology into road-going vehicles into the project, delivering a powerful product.
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The Veloster N ETCR garnered attention at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.
“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,” said Thomas Schemera, Hyundai executive vice president and head of product division.
Andrea Adamo, Hyundai Motorsport Team Director, said that Hyundai believes its electric entry will help promote its electrified range. Hyundai already has a successful motorsport program, competing in the WTCR, and is expected to dominate in ETCR as well.