Hyundai has revealed the Veloster N ETCR during the Frankfurt Auto Show. This is the first electric racing car built by the company. The Veloster N ETCR is fitted with a mid-mounted electric motor which powers the rear wheels. The batteries have been integrated into the floor. The car has a double wishbone rear suspension to tackle all the weight and power being put to the track. The Veloster commenced testing at the Hungaroring circuit in Hungary in preparation for the ETCR debut race in 2020.
During the two days of testing, the team engineers learnt more about the chassis balance on the technical circuit. They also gained experience about harnessing the power from the mid-mounted electric motor to maximize performance and efficiency. Hyundai has gained valuable experience in Touring Car Racing with the championship winning i30N TCR and the Veloster N TCR. Hyundai, from this project expects to lay the foundations for a new pillar within the company by expanding into new technology which is becoming increasingly relevant to Hyundai’s road-going range. The development of the Veloster N ETCR will also help in development of future high-performance electric car designs.
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.”