Hyundai has revealed its first all-electric touring car, the Veloster N ETCR, which is designed specifically to compete in the all-new ETCR series from 2020.
The South Korean manufacturer had been linked to an entry into the forthcoming ETCR series for some time, and the car has now been revealed at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) on Tuesday.
A statement from the company said that “the Veloster N ETCR heralds an exciting new era for Hyundai Motorsport, which will see electric racing become one of the pillars of the company.”
After developing the successful i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR in the past two years, Hyundai, through its Hyundai Motor Sport group (HMSG) has been developing the new car throughout 2019.
The car, built in Alzenau in Germany, is fully electric, rear-wheel drive with a mid-mounted motor, in line with the ETCR technical regulations.
A full testing programme will begin later this month, supported by Hyundai Motorsport’s trained and experienced engineers.
“Today, we have experienced another special milestone in the history of Hyundai Motorsport,” said Thomas Schemera, Head of Product division, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor Group.
“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.
“Through our successful Customer Racing division, we have spent many years honing our skills in touring car racing, which has resulted in two packages capable of competing for championships around the world.
“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, supported by the fully trained and experienced team of engineers at Hyundai Motorsport; we can’t wait to see the car in action for the first time.
“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.”