The Hyundai Veloster N is the Korean company’s latest entry to the tightly-contested hot hatch segment. At the 2019 North American International Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled a track-only race car version of the Veloster N: The Hyundai Veloster N TCR. This race-focused Veloster will compete in the 2019 International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Michelin Pilot Challenge.
The street-going Veloster N makes an impressive 275 horsepower already. Hyundai claims 350 horsepower out of the two track machines built for the Michelin Pilot Challenge. Building on the Hyundai i30N, the powertrain uses a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, front wheel drive, and a 6-speed sequential race gearbox. In fact, the Hyundai Veloster N TCR shares about 80% of its parts with the i30 N TCR from last year.
The race version of the Veloster N shares some body styling components with the street car. Though the aero/widebody kit looks a bit more… Racey.
Behind the Wheel
There will be two teams of two drivers piloting Hyundai’s factory race cars. The first car will take on the Michelin Pilot challenge with Hyundai TCR veterans Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins behind the wheel. However, driving the team’s second entry is newcomers Mason Filippi, age 20, and Harry Gottsacker, age 18.
The Veloster N TCR will take on the Honda Civic Type R TCR, Volkswagen GTI TCR, and the Audi RS3 LMS TCR. This series covers 12 race tracks in the US including, Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, Laguna Seca and more. The first race at Daytona is set for January 25th.
You Can Buy One… For a Price
Hyundai plans to sell these to the general public. Unlike the Veloster N –which starts at $26,000 — the TCR version will cost over $150,000.
Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for the latest news, views & real world reviews. Should we ever get the chance to drive one of these track-specific Velosters, we will definitely be filming it.
In the meantime, why not check out our video on the road-going version. Frankly, it does pretty well on the race track too, as Roman can attest: