Hyundai factory driver Taylor Hagler will be behind the wheel of the automaker’s latest touring car when it makes its competition debut later this week. The Elantra N Line TCA race car has been prepared for touring car racing in America with the help of Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA).
“The 2021 Elantra N Line provides the ideal platform for us to follow up the success of the Veloster Turbo TCA car,” said Bryan Herta, president of BHA. “We have already seen first-hand in the TCR class how powerful and fun to drive the Elantra can be.”
The TCA class is designed to be a safe and accessible way for amateur racers to experience tough competition and hone their driving skills. The Elantra N Line TCA race car has therefore been designed to be drivable and to take racers to the next step in their development.
Following its debut, customers interested in racing the new car will be able to buy it through Bryan Herta Autosport and the Hyundai Customer Support Team. Together, they offer trackside engineering support, setup, and tuning to all Hyundai buyers.
“TCA continues to be an important first step on Hyundai’s motorsports ladder, providing a low-cost entry point to some of the most competitive racing on America’s most iconic circuits,” said Herta. “We have no doubt that this new Elantra N Line TCA will be a competitor favorite in the TCA class.”
Although the specifications and the price of the race car have not been outlined, Hyundai and BHA’s last collaboration resulted in the Veloster N TCR, which cost about $153,000 and churned out 350 hp (354 PS/261 kW). Hyundai previously unveiled a more extreme Elantra N TCR for global competition.
The road-going Elantra N Line, meanwhile, features a sport-tuned suspension, improved brakes, and sportier styling to go with the 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 147 hp (149 PS/110 kW) and 132 lb-ft (179 Nm) of torque. The Elantra N gets even sportier styling and power is ramped up to 276 hp (279 PS/205 kW) and 289 lb-ft (391 Nm) of torque and up to 286 hp [289 PS/213 kW] for short bursts thanks to the overboost function.