Elantra N TCR confirmed for new series
It’s almost time to get the show on the road, as we announce that two of our Elantra N TCR cars will be on the bill for the first season of TCR World Tour.
A new chapter of international TCR competition will begin in 2023 as TCR World Tour takes the place of WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup as the highest level of the category.
Our Team Principal Cyril said: “The Customer Racing department and the TCR programme are very important elements of Hyundai Motorsport. Just like the start of our work on the i30 N TCR in 2016, and then the development of the Elantra N TCR, the dawn of the TCR World Tour brings another fresh challenge.”
The WTCR ‘Hall of Fame’
In the five years of WTCR competition, our customers won five titles, three drivers’ and two teams’, making our cars the most successful in the series.
“As a manufacturer we enjoyed incredible success in WTCR, and we look forward to continuing this record with our customers this year,” our Customer Racing Manager Andrea Cisotti explained.
In the inaugural WTCR season, the i30 N TCR claimed both the drivers’ and teams’ title, with BRC Racing Team’s Gabriele listing the drivers’ trophy while M-Racing-YMR took the teams’ honours. Norbert succeeded him to the drivers’ title a year later.
Our customer team ended the WTCR era on a high, with Mikel and BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse winning the drivers’ and teams’ titles in 2022 with the Elantra N TCR.
Taking the stage
Our Customer Racing department is ready to continue its excellent record in the new surroundings of the TCR World Tour. The high-performance qualities of Hyundai N-Brand road vehicles and their motorsport counterparts are highlighted by success on track, which has been central to the growth of fan communities and sales worldwide.
“The events that have already been confirmed will take the series to a truly global audience and some of the best race circuits in the world,” commented Andrea. “This will only be one of several new challenges for our customers and their drivers, but one for which we will support them entirely.”
“We embrace this new era with the experience and expertise gained from years of success in WTCR and the confidence that we can start the season with the same strength we have shown before,” added Cyril.
Further details will be revealed closer to the start of the season, scheduled to begin April 28-30 in Portimão, Portugal.