Hyundai Motorsport has started developing an electric race car that’s will, according to the press release, herald “a new era of motorsport for the company.”
The as-yet-unnamed race car will be the first-ever EV to be created by Hyundai Motorsport at its headquarters in Alzenau, Germany. For now, the Koreans are holding back details regarding the electric racer, but have confirmed it will have its world debut on September 10 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Judging by the video teaser, it’s definitely not a Formula E but rather a competition version of an existing Hyundai model. It looks like a hatchback, so our money is on either the i20 or the i30. Since there aren’t that many EV racing series out there, the car could be developed for the ETCR championship that starts in 2020 or, most likely, the Andros Trophy ice racing championship.
That’s just speculation, though, as Hyundai does not offer other details regarding the series other than it will showcase the company’s “high-performance capabilities, its green technology credentials and its unwavering passion for motorsport.”
“It promises to be a new chapter for our company, a natural extension to our motorsport activities, one that links closely to the current trends and innovations in the wider automotive industry,” said Hyundai Motorsport Team Director Andrea Adamo.
Currently, the automaker is officially involved in the World Rally Championship with the i20 WRC as well as in customer racing with the i20 R5, i30 N TCR, and Veloster N TCR.