We have reached a new milestone in motorsport history. For the first time ever, an all-electric motor left a gas-powered engine in the dust. At Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, the Volkswagen ID.R set the new fastest time to beat, toppling a record set in 1999 by the McLaren MP4/13 Formula 1 car.
- Hyundai enters the electric and hybrid world of motorsport with the introduction of an electric race car.
- Through motorsport, Hyundai can showcase its high-performance and green technologies.
- Electric car technology is demonstrating that it can outpace and surpass its gas-fueled counterparts.
Perhaps inspired by those results, Hyundai Motorsport announced it’s working on an electric race car, which has been designed and built at Hyundai Motorsport’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany. Scheduled to debut on media day at the Frankfurt International Auto Show (IAA) in September, Hyundai already teased the new car on videos published on Hyundai Motorsport’s Social Media channels.
A place to showcase technology
With the successful exploration of hybrid and electrification in the automotive industry, motorsport has supported the technology by providing the introduction of electric and hybrid series regulations. Hyundai hopes to shine in this arena with its high-performance capabilities and green technology credentials, along with its passion for motorsport.
Hyundai Motorsport GmbH was only established in December 2012, but quickly showed itself a serious contender with a win in its debut season at the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2014. Last year saw the team rack up 10 wins with three consecutive runners-up in the manufacturers’ championship. In 2015, Hyundai launched its Customer Racing activities to support its drivers, developing the i20 R5, i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR cars that have claimed victories on rally stages and racetracks worldwide.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Hyundai entering the electric and hybrid race car arena is more proof that automakers are embracing the technology. Moreover, with the ID.R’s history-making run at Goodwood, it proves you don’t have to sacrifice fun and performance with an electric car — in fact, it could just be a more exciting ride.