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Hyundai to Launch Electric Race Car in September

Hyundai to launch electric touring car next month; understood to be for ETCR…

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Hyundai Motorsport has confirmed that it will launch its first ever electric race car, which is understood to be a touring car built to ETCR regulations, in September.

The car is currently under development at the company’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany, and will be revealed next month at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

It’s understood to be Hyundai’s ETCR car, which e-racing365 uncovered late last year, and likely based on the existing Veloster N TCR model.

Hyundai N brand boss Albert Biermann told e-racing365 in November that the company is “fully supporting” ETCR, although the manufacturer is yet to officially communicate the plans itself.

Tuesday’s announcement of the Frankfurt car launch also didn’t include any details of what model it will be, or where it will race, meanwhile.

“A new era is dawning at Hyundai Motorsport,” team director Andrea Adamo said.

“For many months, our team in Alzenau has been working hard on an exciting electric vehicle and soon we will be able to share the fruits of these labors.

“It promises to be a new chapter for our company, a natural extension to our motorsport activities, one that links closely to the current trends and innovations in the wider automotive industry.

“There’s not much longer to wait; all will be revealed at the IAA in Frankfurt in early September.”

Hyundai is set to become the second manufacturer to build a car for ETCR, joining the platform’s launch partner Cupra.

Initial plans to launch a global ETCR series in 2020 appear to have since been pushed back a year, although it’s understood the first races are still on track to take place next year.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Contact Jake

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