The Hyundai Veloster N is the primary mannequin from the Korean automaker’s N efficiency division offered in the USA. The issue with launching a brand-new line of efficiency vehicles is that they don’t have the heritage and avenue cred of extra established rivals. One technique to construct up that credibility is to go racing, so Hyundai unveiled a racing model of the Veloster N on the 2019 Detroit Auto Present.
The Hyundai Veloster N TCR will race within the IMSA Michelin Pilot Problem sequence. TCR (quick for Touring Automotive Racing) is a comparatively new class that makes use of vehicles based mostly on manufacturing sedans and hatchbacks just like the Veloster N. These vehicles price much less to run than their counterparts in different racing courses, which has led to TCR being adopted by a number of racing sequence. Within the U.S., the Veloster N will compete towards TCR variations of the Audi RS3, Honda Civic Sort R, and Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Followers will be capable of see a automobile they will really purchase compete towards a few of its logical rivals on the monitor. That wasn’t the case in 2018, when Hyundai ran a pair of i30 N TCRs within the Pirelli World Problem in partnership with race crew Brian Herta Autosport. The i30 N isn’t offered within the U.S., however the automobile was accredited for competitors and Hyundai wished to go racing sooner slightly than later. The crew received a championship, so Hyundai’s impatience appeared to repay.
This time round, the automobile Hyundai races might be based mostly on the automobile in its U.S. showrooms. Hyundai claims the Veloster N TCR shares 85 p.c of its “core parts” with the usual manufacturing mannequin. That features the two.Zero-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which makes 350 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque within the race automobile. That’s up from 250 hp and 260 lb-ft within the inventory Veloster N. Energy nonetheless goes to the entrance wheels, however the race automobile will get a particular six-speed sequential transmission with pneumatic paddle shifters.
Quite a few different modifications are made at Hyundai Motorsport’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany, to make the Veloster N right into a racing thoroughbred. The hatchback will get cartoonish wanting fender flares and big rear spoiler, which give it an indignant look. The inside is gutted and fitted with a roll cage and six-point harness for security.
The Hyundai Veloster N TCR makes its racing debut January 25 at Daytona Worldwide Speedway in Daytona, Florida. When you’ve got a race crew, Hyundai may also promote you one among these vehicles for about $155,000 at present alternate charges. A inventory Veloster N begins at $26,900, that means you could possibly purchase 5 of them for the worth of 1 race automobile. Or one 755-hp Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.