Hyundai announced today at the Chicago Auto Show it has teamed up with Bryan Herta Autosport to field two i30 N TCR-class race cars in this year's Pirelli World Challenge series in America. The cars, which have been adapted from versions already available in Europe, will be driven by Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins.
You may be asking: Why didn't Hyundai build a Veloster N—a car that's actually sold in America—to race instead? Well, already exists, so all the team had to do was make some small adjustments to make it eligible for PWC. The i30 is sold in the US as the Elantra GT, so just think of it as an Elantra GT race car. But please don't take this as a sign that we're getting an N-version of the Elantra GT soon.
The car is equipped with a 350-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged direct injection four-cylinder engine sending power to the front wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. The cars sport McPherson struts up front, and four-arm multi-link out back. Brakes are six-piston Brembo calipers with 15-inch discs at the front, and two-piston calipers with 10.9-inch discs at the rear.
The Bryan Herta Autosport name should sound familiar—its cars have won the Indy 500 twice, and the team just made its debut in the Red Bull Rallycross Championship in 2015.
The factory-backed i30 N will go up against other TCR cars such as the Volkswagen GTI and Audi RS3 in the newly formed race class. The 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season kicks off on March 23rd in Austin at The Circuit of the Americas.