Being a racing car, the TCR differs in many areas from the production model. First of all, the 2.0-liter T-GDI four-cylinder turbo develops 350 horsepower instead of 275. Hyundai claims the two models “share around 85 percent of their core components,” but the six-speed sequential transmission with pneumatic paddle shifters is exclusive to the racing version.
Differences also include the mechanical differential with external pre-load adjuster, AP Racing Cerametallic twin-disc clutch, Sabelt competitions seats and six-point harness, Life Racing configurable driver’s display, and Life Racing engine control unit. The 10x18-inch Braid wheels, six- and two-piston Brembo brake calipers, 100-liter fuel tank are other highlights.
Hyundai quotes the Veloster N TCR tips the scale at 1,285 kilograms (2,833 pounds) including the driver, and this weight was made possible thanks to the composite fiber panels as well as the high-tensile steel structure cage.
“Chapter Two is going to be exciting,” said Bryan Herta, head honcho of Bryan Herta Autosport. “We learned so much by racing and winning with the i30 N TCR last season. We know just how excellent the platform is in hard competition. The Veloster N TCR retains everything great about the i30 N and gives us a world-class race car with a direct road-car counterpart that our fans can purchase and drive every day.”
Even though the i30 N isn’t available stateside, the Elantra GT with the 201-horsepower turbo is the next best thing to what Hyundai offers in Europe. Both the Veloster N and i30 N are produced in South Korea, and both have been developed with input from Albert Biermann, the former vice-president of engineering at BMW M.