Hyundai Veloster N TCR debuts at Detroit
Hyundai launched the Veloster N TCR at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. The new racecar which shares 85% of its technical specifications with the successful i30 N TCR, will race in the IMSA Michelin Challenge with the colors of Bryan Herta Autosport against the likes of Honda Civic Type R TCR, Volkswagen GTI TCR, and the Audi RS3 LMS TCR.
The car is fitted with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing 260kw / 350 hp @ 7000 rpm and 450Nm of torque @ 3500 rpm. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox with pneumatic paddle-shift, while there is a mechanical differential and an AP Racing Cerametallic twin-disc clutch. According to the press release, dimensions are 4,450mm (length), 1,950mm (width), 2,650mm (wheelbase) and 1,610mm (track width), fuel tank capacity is 100 liters and total weight is 1,285kg.
The racing suspension consists of MacPherson struts with adjustable dampers at the front, and four-arm suspension with multi-link adjustable dampers at the rear. Brakes are 380mm ventilated brake discs with Hyundai Motorsport-branded six-piston Brembo calipers at the front and 278mm brake discs with two-piston calipers at the back, while the car sits on 18 inch Braid rims.
Visually, the Veloster N TCR share the basic body with the Veloster N, however it is fitted with a complete bodykit consisting of steel and composite fiber panels. The redesigned body includes widened front and rear fenders to cover the considerably wider tracks, new front bumpers, a lighter bonnet with additional intakes, a huge rear wing and a wide rear bumper with a centrally mounted racing exhaust pipe.
Inside the spartan cabin we find competition seats with six-point harnesses by Sabelt, a full roll cage made of high tensile steel and a configurable instrument cluster.
The 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Season spans 10 rounds at tracks across North America, starting on January 25 at Daytona International Speedway. The new N branded racecar will be piloted by the experienced drivers Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins, while another entry will have newcomers Mason Filippi (20) and Harry Gottsacker (18) behind the wheel.
The price of the Hyundai Veloster N TCR is €135,000 (or $155,000 usd) plus shipping, with customer deliveries set to begin in March 2019. The car is produced at the Hyundai Motorsport Headquarters in Alzenau, Germany, alongside the i30 N TCR.
The road going version of the second generation Veloster is already available in the US market together with the more powerful Veloster N that shares a lot of components with the Hyundai i30 N. As for the Australian market, the Veloster range is expected to arrive in late 2019.