The Hyundai Veloster N ETCR has completed the first on-track running, spending two days at the Hungaroring last weekend.
The days at the circuit were trouble-free and allowed the engineers to learn more about the chassis balance on the technical circuit, and to begin to harness the power from the mid-mounted electric motor to maximize performance and efficiency.
Unveiled earlier this month at IAA in Frankfurt the Veloster N ETCR is the first electric racing car to be designed and built by Hyundai Motorsport. The mid-mounted motor and rear-wheel-drive layout are also firsts for the Alzenau, Germany based team. With batteries fitted in the floor of the design, and double-wishbone rear suspension the chassis is radically different from any previous Hyundai Motorsport project, increasing the importance of each testing session.
The days in Hungary were only the start of an extensive testing program for the coming months.
Hyundai Motorsport Team Director Andrea Adamo said: “The first test for any new project is always a very important milestone, but with the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR it takes on greater significance. It is our first electric race car, and our first chassis to have a mid-mounted motor and rear-wheel-drive. We have shown with the i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR that we can produce a very strong Touring Car, and we are eager to learn about this new package before the racing starts in 2020. The next few months will be very busy – we essentially have two challenges: develop the chassis, but also work to use the power from the batteries and motors effectively.”