The Hyundai i30 TCR takes the track

The Hyundai i30 TCR takes the track

28 April 2017

Hyundai Motorsport’s first project for circuit racing took a big step forward earlier this week, when former World Touring Car champion Gabriele Tarquini drove the New Generation i30 TCR on the track for the first time, beginning the testing programme.
The Customer Racing department travelled to Motorland Aragón in Spain as the development phase of the project got underway. Prior to the trip the team had completed several shakedown runs, but the three days at the track gave the engineers a first opportunity to gather data about the car’s behaviour around a racing circuit.
Completing the running without major reliability issues the team was able to try alternative settings as they started to work towards a base set-up. The mix of corners on the Aragón circuit made it the perfect venue for the maiden test. The 5.3km layout allowed the team and Tarquini to refine the handling balance through both slow and high-speed corners, as well as under heavy braking for the hairpin at the end of the long back straight.
The team was also able to test a number of different engine map settings to begin to gauge the performance of the two-litre turbocharged engine, which is connected to a six-speed sequential gearbox, operated with paddle-shifters.
Following the test the car returned to Hyundai Motorsport’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany, where the team will prepare for next date in a busy development schedule.

Customer Racing department manager Andrea Adamo said: “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. We were able to complete all the work that we had set out for the test, which is obviously a nice start to a busy development schedule for the New Generation i30 TCR project. We were able to work on the balance of the car, and start developing an initial set-up that we can use in future, not only for the handling, but the important engine and differential settings. We can now use these as a base for future tests as we turn our focus to gaining the maximum performance from specific components.”   

Testing will continue through the summer and autumn at different venues around Europe. Hyundai Motorsport expects to deliver the first cars to customers in early December. 


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