Puzzling Hyundai Motorsport Electric Race Car to Be Unveiled in Frankfurt

Hyundai Motorsport is to jumping the gun on electric race cars, after this week it said it would soon present, before anyone else, a brand new racer powered by electricity. The car’s official unveiling is scheduled to take place in September at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.
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The racing arm of the South Korean manufacturer did not release any details about the car, apart for the fact that is to be powered by electricity. It’s not clear on what model it is based on - if any - nor is it obvious what competition the car is meant for.

Accompanying the announcement is a teaser image of the lower front end of the car and the feet of a driver dressed in Hyundai racing overalls.

“A new era is dawning at Hyundai Motorsport. For many months, our team in Alzenau has been working hard on a new electric vehicle and soon we will be able to share the fruits of these labours,” said in a statement Andrea Adamo, Hyundai Motorsport team director.

“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.”

Presently, aside for Formula E, there is no other major competition dedicated to electric vehicles.

This March, the founders of the now defunct TCR racing series (World Sporting Consulting Group) announced they would be switching to electric vehicles in a brand new racing competition called ETCR.

The series is dedicated to four- or five-door production touring cars and has already been embraced by Spanish brand SEAT, who will field the Cupra E-Racer.

The ETCR races are scheduled to begin in 2020. All cars have to meet several requirements such as having a maximum battery capacity of 65 kWh, rear-wheel-drive configuration, a single gear, and a maximum of 680 horsepower.

It’s unclear whether Hyundai’s new vehicle is meant for this competition.
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