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.
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
Gabriele takes victory after starting tenth
A sensational Race 2 victory, from tenth on the grid, provided a fitting climax to another strong weekend of the Hyundai i30 N TCR.
Driver Gabriele Tarquini also provided the first pole position for the project, proving the car’s position at the front of the current TCR category at the TCR Europe Trophy at Adria International Raceway.
Represented at the circuit by a single car, Hyundai Motorsport travelled to the event to continue to show the performance of the i30 N TCR around the world. Though entered under temporary homologation the car at the circuit was running to the same specification as is being offered to customer teams for the 2018 season.
Driver Gabriele Tarquini and the car, the first Hyundai Motorsport built chassis to be designed for circuit racing, were among the fastest combinations throughout the weekend. Making its debut on Yokohama tyres the i30 N TCR narrowly set the second fastest time in the opening practice session, the Italian was then able to head the final running before qualifying.
The pace was all the more remarkable, given the extreme Balance of Performance (BoP) forced upon the i30 N TCR. As it finished its maiden TCR International Series rounds earlier this month the car was carrying 40kg of ballast, with engine power and turbo boost restricted to 95% of full power. This proved to a be a serious disadvantage at the 2.7km Adria circuit, which demands heavy braking into, and strong acceleration out of, numerous slow corners where the extra weight is most noticeable.
Despite this considerable burden Tarquini was able to claim the first ever pole position for the i30 N TCR. The experienced Italian was fastest in both first and the decisive second part of qualifying. The only man capable of going below the 1:20 barrier in Q1, Tarquini took a further sixth tenths of a second off his own benchmark in Q2 to record a best lap of 1:19.341.
In the opening race Tarquini was in the middle of a fierce battle for the lead. Pushed back into second from the start, the acceleration off the line another area hampered by the BoP restrictions, Tarquini was able to match, and even eclipse the lap time of those around him, setting fastest lap in his pursuit of the lead. However, on a tight track where overtaking proved to be challenging he was unable to find the needed opportunity, finishing second to Josh Files who has already collected two TCR titles this season.
The second race promised a different challenge, with the top-10 from qualifying reversed to put Tarquini and the i30 N TCR on the fifth row of the grid. However, just as was the case in China he was able to charge through the field. At the centre of an action packed encounter, the performance of the i30 N TCR allowed Tarquini to progress up the field, at one point passing three cars in a single move.
Taking the lead just after the half-way point of the 25-minute race Tarquini went on to claim an incredible victory to continue the i30 N TCR’s superb record on the track.
Gabriele Tarquini said: “This was a very tough weekend, but it makes the result more impressive. It was our first time running the i30 N TCR on these tyres, so we had to work a little to find a good set-up for the car, especially with the extra weight. I could really feel the effect of the weight after only a few laps under braking for the hairpins around the circuit. To be able to take pole position, a second and then a victory from 10th on the grid proves what a special package the i30 N TCR is. The second race was very fun, and it was the best the car felt all weekend. We now have one more event with the car to put in another very strong performance to show what this car can do before we start to hand over completed chassis to customers.”
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Manager Andrea Adamo said: “This is another sensational weekend for the i30 N TCR. There is no doubt about the performance on the track, even with the extreme and rushed, perhaps too rushed, Balance of Performance we are running with. Our customers can clearly see how competitive the i30 N TCR is in the TCR category, with the car at Adria running very close to the final specification we are offering to customers. We have now won races on both competitive outings with the package, but on two very different styles of track, which proves that customers will be able to compete at the front of any TCR series where they choose to compete with the i30 N TCR.”
Gabriele Tarquini will return to the wheel of the i30 N TCR at the Dubai Autodrome, with Swiss driver Alain Menu in a second car for the final two races of the TCR International Series.
Hyundai Motorsport’s first circuit racer takes maiden win
The pace of the Hyundai i30 N TCR stood out on its debut in the TCR International Series at the Zhejiang Circuit in China. The Hyundai Motorsport built car set the fastest time in three of the weekend’s sessions, with Gabriele Tarquini charging through the field in the opening race to give the i30 N TCR a maiden victory.
The weekend was a key opportunity to showcase the performance of the car against the TCR designs offered by other manufacturers. The Zhejiang Circuit however, presented a new challenge for the team and drivers, the twisting technical layout unlike anywhere the i30 N TCR had tested.
Despite this, Tarquini and Alain Menu produced the two fastest times in qualifying, the i30 N TCR the only car capable of lapping the 3.2km circuit in under 1:33. Tarquini’s best stopped the clock at 1:32.935, but Menu’s session leading time of 1:32.811 was nearly half a second faster than the next best manufacturer in the field.
Unfortunately, due to the temporary homologation given to the i30 N TCR for the event, both drivers were ineligible to claim their place in the second part of qualifying, and so were forced to start both of the races from 13th and 14th positions on a circuit where overtaking was expected to be difficult.
Even from this lowly position the speed and handling of the car shone through as Tarquini was able to make his way up the order to take the lead just after half way through the 19 lap race. He took a sensational win following his development since the i30 N TCR’s first test in April. Menu followed his march up the order through the early part of the race, reaching the top 6 before being penalized for his role in some start line contact. The car undamaged, he finished in 12th position.
Such was the superb pace of the i30 N TCR that the series organisers altered the Balance of Performance (BoP) in the hour following Tarquini’s victory. For the second race both cars were made to run with an almost unprecedented 40kg of additional weight, as well having the engine power turned down.
Still, though both drivers were able to make clean overtakes all around the lap, with Menu and Tarquini moving up to fourth and sixth respectively by the chequered flag.
Gabriele Tarquini said: “This has been an almost perfect weekend for me, and for the team behind the i30 N TCR. We showed we have developed a very strong package for the TCR regulations. Starting from 14th, we did not expect to be able to fight for the victory, especially on such a tough circuit. I had a really good first lap, and was able to take advantage of the good brakes and handling of the car to make the most of the pace of the i30 N TCR.”
Alain Menu said: “The i30 N TCR has really impressed me this weekend. With the Zhejiang Circuit being so different to the circuits in Europe where we have tested we didn’t know what to expect. However, from the very first lap the i30 N TCR has proven to be a good handling car around the slow-speed corners, as well as the faster sections of the circuit. It was instantly a very comfortable, easy car to drive on the limit, which is exactly what is required for a Customer Racing project.”
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing manager Andrea Adamo said: “We hit all the targets that we set this weekend for the i30 N TCR. We came here to show the competitiveness of the car against the others in the TCR International Series, and with our pace throughout the weekend we have definitively showed the strength of our car in the series. Our performance and reliability here shows that the i30 N TCR is strong not only on fast, flowing tracks, but also on tighter, more technical layout. Our customers should be able to take their new car to any circuit, in any series and be able to fight at the front.”
The i30 N TCR will return to the TCR International Series for the championship’s final weekend in Dubai on November 17-18.
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