Hyundai Motorsport has begun testing its next-gen i30 TCR, the new race car designed to compete in the TCR International touring car series. The race car, which began its first tests this week in Spain, will be ready for action by the end of this year.
Engineers spent three days at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain to gauge the performance of the car and its 2.0-liter turbo engine. With ex-Formula 1 driver Gabriele Tarquini behind the wheel, the team was able to test out different engine map settings and refine the car’s handling through corners. Hyundai says it will continue testing the i30 TCR through the summer and fall at different venues across Europe.
Built by Hyundai Motorsport’s Customer Racing department, the i30 TCR has been built according to TCR regulations first used in 2015. The model is based on the road-going i30 that launched last year.
“The first test of a new car is always a very exciting moment in a project, and to have come through three days without a major problem makes it even better,” said Andrea Adamo, Customer Racing department manager, in a recent press release.
The first cars are expected to be delivered to customers in early December.
Source: Hyundai Motorsport