When most people hear about Hyundai, they can think of a reliable brand that offers affordable vehicles to the public. However, many tankers will experience the success of the South Korean manufacturer both in passenger car racing and in the world rally championship. In fact, they brought the WRC constructors’ championship home last year.
Sticking to passenger car racing, Hyundai began its quest for success with the i30 N TCR and, more recently, moved to a TCR port on Veloster N. These spy photos of an Elantra prepared for the race leads us to believe that Hyundai could prepare another car tour for the return of racing after the COVID-19 pandemic.
If this is the automaker’s new passenger car, it’s a slight detour from their former competitors. Its previous TCR series vehicles were all hatchbacks in the form of the i30 N and the Veloster N. With the form factor of the Elantra sedan, we wonder what configuration changes will prompt – if any – to achieve the same performance. That said, with the brand’s motorsport pedigree, that shouldn’t be a big job.
With the possible advent of an Elantra TCR challenger, it is clear that the brand is secret about what the public sees. For some reason, the image appears to have been captured on a test circuit rather than on an AAA circuit. As many spy shots disappear, the car is also wrapped in a camouflage jacket to hide its features.
Bryan Herta Autosport has already had great success in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series and we doubt that the Elantra concept will change that. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.