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Hyundai expands into circuit racing with TCR

South Korean automotive manufacturer Hyundai has added circuit racing to its expanding motorsports portfolio by unveiling plans to develop entries for international touring car series TCR.

The racing version of the i30 car will be built to compete in the growing number of TCR championships that are being staged across the world.

“The beginning of our first project, specifically for circuit racing, is a very important step for us,” head of Hyundai Motorsport Michel Nandan said. “By representing Hyundai in these championships, our TCR car will promote the manufacturer in motorsport, together with our World Rally Championship and R5 projects.”

Hyundai entered the world of motorsports when Hyundai competed in the F2 class of the World Rally Championship in 1998 and 1999, and has been broadening its reach in the motorsports domain since then.

The Korean manufacturer began working on the TCR design at the company’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany in September 2016. A testing programme for the i30 TCR is scheduled for early spring, while the first cars are planned to be available to customers by December.

TCR promoter Marcello Lotti said: “The arrival of the Korean manufacturer adds even more prestige to a long list of famous brands that have decided to embrace the TCR concept and compete with their production models in an expanding number of racing series worldwide. We can’t wait to see them join the International Series where we believe that they will be competitive straight away.”