Last updated on April 20th, 2020 at 11:40 pm
The Veloster N ETCR is Hyundai Motorsport's first electric race car project. The new sleek-looking car completed two days at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest. The track features in the FIA WTCR (World Touring Car Cup) and TCR Europe race calendars, making it the perfect place to put the car through its paces.
The manufacturer is aiming to create a similar championship-winning vehicle for the ETCR category that begins in 2020. The Veloster N ETCR has a mid-mounted motor and rear-wheel-drive layout; batteries are fitted within the floor of the car's design to give it better downforce and grip on the track.
The shift to an all-electric race car is a new pillar for the company, which otherwise has a long-standing history in motorsport, namely in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). These new developments and technologies will help the company's consumer arm to produce faster, more aerodynamic and longer-lasting road cars, too.
Hyundai Motorsport Team Director Andrea Adamo said: “The first test for any new project is always a very important date, but with the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR it takes on greater significance. It is our first electric race car, and our first chassis to have a mid-mounted motor and rear-wheel-drive. We have shown with the i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR that we can produce a very strong Touring Car, but now we have a lot to learn about this new package before the racing starts in 2020. The next few months will be very busy – we essentially have two challenges; we have to develop the chassis, but also learn to use the power from the batteries and motors effectively. However, with the testing schedule ahead I am confident that our engineers will be able to produce another race winning car.”
I'm excited to see how the Veloster N ETCR will shape the future of high-performance EV that zip around a race track and the effects it has on Hyundai's road cars.