The ETCR racing series for all-electric touring cars kicks off next here. It is already attracting attention from various manufacturers including Seat, and now Hyundai. The Hyundai Veloster N ETCR was unveiled at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show (see our show highlights at this link) and made its on-track debut this week. Learn the latest from this new series at this link.

Electric power

ETCR is will consist of four- or five-door production touring cars and be powered purely by electric motors. The motor will have 300 kW of continuous power and 500 kW of max power at 12 000 r/min. Powering this motor will be a battery of 65 kWh and 800V. Drive will be sent to the rear wheels with no gearbox. The entire platform is suspended on MacPherson struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear. More info on the car can be found here.

Veloster N ETCR on track

The brand new Veloster N ETCR racer completed two days of shakedown and testing at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest. The test days allowed Hyundai Motorsport engineers to learn to harness the power from the mid-mounted electric motor to maximize performance and efficiency. The Veloster N ETCR is the first electric racing car to be built by Hyundai Motorsport. This project is expected to lay the foundations for a new subsidiary within the company as it expands into electrically powered vehicle technology.

Learn about an exciting electric racer from VW at this link.

In his own words

Hyundai Motorsport team director Andrea Adamo said: “The first test for any new project is always a very important date, but with the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR it takes on greater significance. It is our first electric racecar, and our first chassis to have a mid-mounted motor and rear-wheel-drive. The next few months will be very busy – we essentially have two challenges; we have to develop the chassis, but also learn to use the power from the batteries and motors effectively. However, with the testing schedule ahead I am confident that our engineers will be able to produce another race-winning car.”