The first races using TCR regulations took place in 2015, and since then the ruleset has spread
throughout the circuit racing world, being adopted by more than a dozen regional and national
championships. Races featuring TCR vehicles were held across 23 different countries in 2017.
Of these, the most high profile is the TCR International Series. The 2017 season included
some of the most famous circuits in the world, including Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium
and Dubai Autodrome in Dubai. The championship features privateer customer teams with
machines representing a number of the top motor manufacturers.
As well as sprint racing, TCR-specced machines are also featured in multi-class endurance
events, with specific classes in the international 24H Series and the Nürburgring 24-Hour race.
Teams took delivery of the first production chassis
Hyundai Motorsport passed another major milestone in their expanding involvement in racing last week with the first handovers of i30 N TCR chassis to customers.
The two teams which travelled to Hyundai Motorsport headquarters in Alzenau, Germany to take delivery of their new cars showed both the global appeal of the i30 N TCR, and the widespread success of the TCR regulations as a whole. Management, including Team Principal Michel Nandan and Customer Racing Manager Andrea Adamo greeted the representatives of KMSA, from South Korea, and Italian squad BRC Racing Team and took part in the ceremony formally handing-over the cars.
One of the biggest names in motorsport in South Korea KMSA showed their interest in the i30 N TCR soon after the project was officially announced in February 2017. They are the technical partner for a number of racing series in the country, including one-make championships featuring Hyundai machinery. However, the purchase of an i30 N TCR is the first step for the team in the category, which is represented locally by the TCR Asia and newly confirmed TCR Korea series.
BRC Racing Team, the racing department of BRC Gas Equipment, has filled the role of development partner for the i30 N TCR throughout the year. Following their very positive first-hand experience of the performance and reliability of the i30 N TCR they have selected to continue their work as privateers, focusing on translating their knowledge of the car into successful seasons in the highly competitive national and international TCR series.
High-performance, competitively priced
The day marked the next step for the project; Hyundai Motorsport’s first designed specifically for circuit racing. In line with the TCR regulations the i30 N TCR is powered by a two-litre turbocharged engine that produces around 350hp, with the power sent to the front wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox, operated by paddles on the steering wheel.
The i30 N TCR is designed for customers competing in the growing number of series worldwide where TCR-specification machinery is eligible to compete, including the FIA World Touring Car Cup that will form the premier Touring Car category in international motorsport during the 2018 season. Options are available for privateers to configure the car for both sprint and long-distance racing. The endurance pack available includes ABS, additional lighting and a kit allowing for fast refueling during pitstops.
The i30 N TCR is competitively priced at €128.000. Attractive spare parts discounts are available to customers who purchase more than one chassis in a single purchase, with up to €28.000 offered to teams confirming four cars.
Performance proven on track
The delivery of the first cars to customers comes following the last of three race events at the close of the 2017 season which completed the extensive initial testing schedule for the i30 N TCR. At each event, the TCR International Series weekends in China and Dubai, as well as the TCR Europe Trophy event at the Adria International Raceway, the Hyundai proved to be the fastest TCR package available.
Driver Gabriele Tarquini claimed a dominant victory on the i30 N TCR’s competitive debut at the Zhejiang Circuit in China. Despite the extremely heavy-handed Balance of Performance (BoP) given to the car following its maiden weekend the Italian added a first pole position for the i30 N TCR in Adria. He went on to claim a second position and a win from the two races, the latter coming from tenth position on the partially reversed grid.
Both Tarquini and teammate Alain Menu were again on the pace at the TCR International Series finale in Dubai, setting some of the fastest times throughout practice and qualifying, with Tarquini taking fastest lap in the second race, despite being hit by a rival on the opening lap.
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing manager Andrea Adamo said: “The first deliveries of i30 N TCR to customers is obviously a major step in this very important project. It marks the end of a busy period of development running at circuits and events around the world for the team. We have developed a very strong package for the TCR regulations, and that is shown in our results in the three events where we have competed. The handover of the first chassis is only the start of the work we must do, not only in building cars for our growing list of customers, but also supporting the teams as they prepare for the 2018 season to make sure they are able to compete at the front of their chosen championship.”
Deliveries of the i30 N TCR to customers will continue throughout the winter. Orders are still open for teams to receive their new cars in time for the beginning of the 2018 season.
Fastest on track in the TCR International finale
On their return to the TCR International Series for the final races of the season Gabriele Tarquini and Alain Menu again proved the performance of the i30 N TCR amid a bruising contest at Dubai Autodrome.
At an event in which both drivers found themselves innocent parties in early race contact, the strength of the i30 N TCR, both physical and in terms of pace, shone through in their displays on track.
Both i30 N TCR started the weekend laden with the additional 40kg hastily handed to them, together with a 5% reduction in engine power, under the Balance of Performance (BoP) regulations immediately after the car’s debut race in China last month. The unprecedented penalty was further compounded by the 10kg extra success ballast given to Gabriele Tarquini following his individual performance at the previous round.
Furthermore, though both drivers proved to be on the pace of the frontrunners throughout the practice sessions, neither could qualify higher than 13th. This was due to the temporary homologation under which the i30 N TCR is competing this year, which leaves the drivers ineligible to progress to the final part of qualifying. Still, in the opening segment of the session both drivers held provisional pole, setting the second and fourth fastest times, Tarquini ahead of Menu.
A stewards’ decision following the session further demoted Tarquini to the back of the grid for the opening encounter. The lowly position proved little obstacle for the Italian and the i30 N TCR. In a race that included an interruption by the safety car Tarquini powered his way through the field to third position on the penultimate lap. Unfortunately, while chasing down second place he suffered a front-left puncture. This was caused by a combination of the debris left on track from earlier incidents and carrying the additional BoP weight around the circuit’s punishingly long right-hand corners.
Menu, meanwhile, was forced out early by damage following first lap contact, demoting him to the rear of the Race 2 grid. Tarquini started the season finale from 12th, due to the withdrawal of a driver ahead.
The Italian made a fantastic start, immediately climbing into the top ten and setting the scene for another great race result. Sadly, during the opening lap a driver behind made an error under braking, harpooning the right-rear of the i30 N TCR. The contact punted Tarquini into a spin, dealing heavy damage to both cars involved. While the other driver immediately retired, Tarquini was able to recover. He quickly made up the 12 second deficit to the back of the pack, blazing to the fastest lap in the process, and was able to climb to ninth position before the fall of the chequered flag.
Menu inherited Tarquini’s role in the fraught midfield battle after the opening laps. Having started from the back of the grid he was able to move up into the top ten and then, despite being the innocent party in some minor contact himself, to fifth position before the end of the race.
Gabriele Tarquini said: “That is racing. We knew it would be difficult with the additional weight on this circuit, but the i30 N TCR was very fast, and handled well all weekend. To be able to go from the back to fighting with the front two with a few laps to go is a very good performance, and we should have had a podium to show for it. However, I got a puncture, from a piece of debris perhaps. In the second race I got hit very hard, which damaged the rear corner, but I continued pushing back into the top ten and took the fastest lap. This really shows the performance, and the strength of the car, to still have the pace after such heavy contact. The i30 N TCR is a very strong all-round package.”
Alain Menu said: “It was a tough weekend for both me and Gabriele on track, but the performance of the i30 N TCR was exactly where we needed it. We were fast in practice and qualifying, but we had to start in the middle of the pack where there is always a chance of contact and unfortunately we got involved in other people’s incidents. Driving through the field in Race 2 was really fun. I could rely on the handling of the car through the corners and the power of the engine on the straight. These are the real strengths of the i30 N TCR which our customers will be able to enjoy when they compete at the front of any of the TCR championships next year.”
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Manager Andrea Adamo said: “This weekend both Gabriele and Alain have again shown how competitive the i30 N TCR is in the strongest current TCR championship. We had to cope with the extra weight following the unprecedented, extreme BoP ruling from China, as well as some aggressive driving in the midfield. The car is clearly the fastest in the series at the moment, as demonstrated by Alain’s result from the back of the grid, as well as Gabriele’s fastest lap in Race 2 and his charge though the field. We have raced on three circuits now, and been at the front in all of them. The i30 N TCR will be at the front of any TCR series next season with our customers.”
Price confirmed for our first circuit racer
Following successful outings in both the TCR International Series and the TCR Europe Trophy, Hyundai Motorsport have opened their order books to i30 N TCR customers.
The brand new car is competitively placed within the TCR market, available to customers at a base price of €128.000, including a €15.000 deposit required to confirm an order. Teams placing early orders will be able to take advantage of a special price, bringing the cost of the car down to €124.000.
Further competitive options will be offered to customers purchasing multiple cars, including spare parts packages of up to €28.000 for teams confirming orders of four chassis for the 2018 campaign. Those teams who secure the first chassis will take delivery of their i30 N TCR in early December.
While the base car will provide teams with a high specification, ready-to-race machine those planning to take on the long-distance championships where TCR designs are eligible can purchase the Hyundai Motorsport developed ‘Endurance Kit’. In addition to the performance-focused parts fitted to the i30 N TCR as standard this option includes ABS, night lamps and an external refueling fitting.
i30 N TCR customers will also be able to call on the support of the dedicated team of Customer Racing engineers based at Hyundai Motorsport’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany, 30 minutes from Frankfurt. Teams will be able to call on the experience of those who have worked on the i30 N TCR throughout its development, will be available to assist teams at tests and race events to help them maintain the best performance from their car.
Teams will also be able to rely on responsive customer support and spare parts delivery. Prices for individual components will be confirmed in the coming months, ahead of the first chassis deliveries.
|Hyundai i30 N TCR Pricing|
|Standard Base Price||Special price for early orders|
|Spare parts packages for multiple car purchases|
*must be brought in a single purchase
The Customer Racing department has already received significant interest from around the world following the winning start made by the i30 N TCR to it TCR International Series career in China. Drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Alain Menu proved the pace and reliability of the new car by charging through the pack on the demanding, technical circuit.
Performance proven on two continents
Tarquini scored a sensational debut win in the first race of the weekend. For the second race both i30 N TCR were given 40kg of ballast, and had the engine power restricted to 95%. However, despite this, Menu and Tarquini were still able to climb to fourth and sixth positions respectively, having started 13th and 14th on the grid.
The Italian reprised his headline stealing performance at the TCR Europe Trophy event at Adria International Raceway. Despite running with the same extreme Balance of Performance as he finished the Chinese event Tarquini was able to secure pole position at the head of a field that brought together some of the top teams and drivers from TCR competition across Europe. The i30 N TCR would go on to record a superb victory in the final race of the weekend, Tarquini able to carve through the pack from 10th position on the reverse grid.
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing manager Andrea Adamo said: “At both the Chinese round of the TCR International Series and in Adria the performance of the i30 N TCR proved that we have built a strong package for the regulations. With the confirmation of the pricing we have placed the car competitively in the market, especially with the discount we can offer on early orders. Our customers will receive a high-specification package as standard, with crucial parts designed specifically with high-performance and reliability as the main targets. At the wheel of an i30 N TCR we are confident that our customers will be able to fight at the front of any TCR championship.”
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Senior Sales Associate Andrew Johns said: “We have received a high level of interest in the i30 N TCR ever since the announcement of the project in February. With the confirmation of the price and the opening of the order books we can welcome customers planning their 2018 season with a brand new car. Not only will customers receive a competitive package for the regulations, they will also be able to rely on efficient customer support, delivering parts as required and offering engineering support to teams at their tests and race events. We invite those teams interested in learning more about the project to contact us and arrange a visit to Hyundai Motorsport in Alzenau.”
Teams and drivers interested in learning more about the i30 N TCR project are invited to arrange a visit to Hyundai Motorsport’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany. For more information contact:
Senior Sales Associate
Hyundai i30 N TCR Technical Specifications
Transverse mounted, 2-litre turbocharged engine with direct injection, intercooled
Life Racing ECU and data acquisition system
BMC air induction kit
Pneumatic paddle shift operated, 6-speed sequential gearbox with external preload adjustment
Multi-disc motorsport clutch
Front bespoke Brembo 6-piston monobloc calipers with Ø380mm ventilated brake discs
Rear 2-piston monobloc calipers with Ø278mm ventilated brake discs
Pagid brake pads
Adjustable pedal box with spherical bearing-mounted Brembo master cylinders
Goodridge braided hoses and fittings
Hydraulic steering rack
Front McPherson struts with adjustable dampers
Rear 4-arm multi-link with adjustable dampers
Braid i30 N TCR specific 10”x18” rims
Hyundai Motorsport-designed lightweight, high-tensile steel roll cage
Strengthened production body shell, painted white interior and exterior
Body panels from steel and GFC
Sabelt race seats and 6-point HANS compatible harnesses
Sabelt 330mm flat steering wheel
Lifeline fire extinguisher system
100-litre fuel tank with endurance refueling capability
Odyssey PC680 lightweight race battery
Wheel base: 2,650mm
Track Width: 1,700mm
Minimum weight: 1,285kg (including driver, complying with TCR regulations)
Specifications subject to change
Hyundai i30 N TCR videos:
Hyundai Motorsport – i30 N TCR: the reveal:
Hyundai Motorsport – TCR International Series – Zhejiang Circuit Review
Hyundai Motorsport – TCR Europe Trophy – Adria International Raceway Review
The creation of the i30 N TCR represents Hyundai Motorsport’s first step into circuit racing,
as well as its entrance into one of the fastest growing categories in motorsport.
The design phase of our TCR project began in September 2016, with our first complete
test car up and running in April 2017.
Gabriele Tarquini, our lead test driver, states it best: “We are really focusing on the customer racer. They should be able to race at the top of the pack but need to feel comfortable without being overstrained by the i30 N TCR.”
For the first time we are showing the public our new TCR Race Car.
Based on the street-legal New Generation i30 N in line with TCR regulations,
the i30 N TCR is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine connected to a 6-speed
sequential gearbox and is fitted with a 100-liter fuel tank.
|Bodyshell||Hyundai Motorsport designed lightweight high-tensile steel roll cage|
|Interior||Sabelt race seat and 6-point, HANS compatible, harness|
|Fuel System||100-liter fuel tank with endurance refueling capability|
|Engine||2.0-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection|
|Transmission||Front Wheel Drive, 6-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters|
|Electronics||Life Racing ECU|
|Weight||1,285kg minimum (including driver)|
|Suspension||Front : McPherson struts
Rear : 4—arm multi-link. Adjustable dampers all round
|Wheels||Bespoke Braid 10”x18” rims, specifically designed for Hyundai Motorsport|
|Brakes||Front : Hyundai Motorsport branded, specially designed Brembo 6-piston calipers with 380mm diameter ventilated brake discs
Rear : 2-piston calipers with 278mm brake discs