Hyundai Elantra N TCR Revealed As Fully Fledged Race Car
Remember that hardcore Elantra prototype that our spies caught up with in June? It was indeed a TCR version of the new compact sedan, and now Hyundai officially presents its new passenger car. It joins the company’s expanding motorsport portfolio which also includes TCR derivatives of the i30 N and Veloster N, not to mention the crazy Veloster N ETCR with a mid-mounted electric motor and rear-wheel drive.
The Elantra N TCR has already completed 5,000 kilometers (3,106 miles) of testing at several circuits across Europe and Hyundai says it has tested both the sprint and endurance versions of its race car. They have been testing it for three months and will prepare it for delivery to customers by the end of the year. During development, Hyundai Motorsport took advantage of the know-how acquired during the design of the aforementioned i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR.
A front-wheel drive machine, the racy Elantra is fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine sourced from road cars. Its horsepower is not known at this time, but TCR regulations call for a maximum horsepower of around 340 hp and peak torque of 410 Newton-meters (302 lb-ft). As with the other Hyundais TCRs, the latest comer will send its power to the road via a six-speed paddle-shift gearbox.
Also according to TCR regulations, the car will have a minimum weight of 1265 kilograms (2789 pounds), including the driver. Hyundai Motorsport did not provide pictures of the interior, but even so we can still see that the interior has been stripped down to the bare minimum while gaining a full roll bar. On the outside, the domed front wheel arches, center exhaust, and massive rear fender indicate it’s something much spicier than a standard model.
It’s not the only Elantra model the South Korean brand is working on, as a road N model is in the works to sit above the sporty N-Line. While the hot version has 201 horsepower on tap, the all-fat N Model is expected to deliver up to 275 horsepower when it goes on sale for the 2022 model year in the United States.