Hyundai i30 race car tops in tests at Valencia

  • Hyundai heading for world’s car race-tracks
  • Three famous circuits now used for testing
  • Top drivers challenging some tough courses
2017 Hyundai i30. Image: Newspress/Hyundai Motor
2017 HYUNDAI i30. Hyundai is now testing a full race version of the car for the 2018 track season. Image: Newspress/Hyundai Motor

VALENCIA, Spain – Hyundai Motorsport has continued to develop its i30 TCR race car with an intensive three-day programme at the Circuit de Valencia

Previous testing allowed the team to establish a base set-up for the car but now attention has turned to maximising chassis performance so the focus on the four-kilometre track was on testing brake materials and damper settings..

The tests were the third in a series for the new car: previous sessions were at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain and Misano in Italy.

DATA COLLECTION FROM THREE TOP TRACKS

Valencia was chosen, as were the previous test venues, for its mix of high- and low-speed corners, technical infield, long straight and sweeping penultimate corner which, combined, gave the test team an opportunity to fully assess chassis balance in a variety of situations.

With each set-up change Hyundai Motorsport’s squad of engineers compared the data not only with the i30 TCR’s previous runs on the circuit but also with baseline data from Aragon and Misano.

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This information was then used, in conjunction with feedback from Touring Car veteran and lead test driver Gabriele Tarquini, to work towards the ideal configuration for brakes/shock-absorbers

The i30 TCR is Hyundai Motorsport’s first project for circuit racing. It is being overseen by experienced engineers from the Customer Racing department at the team’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany, and the first complete chassis is scheduled to be delivered in early December 2017.

2017 HYUNDAI WAGON. Image: Google
2017 HYUNDAI i30 WAGON. Image: Google

Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing department manager Andrea Adamo told The Corner is a media release: “We’ve have already proved we have a very strong base car but, so early in a project, there are always areas in which performance can improved.

“After establishing the foundations for the set-up at our previous tests we are now building on them. At Valencia we focused on the shock-absorber and brake settings and gained excellent information in those areas.

“Future tests will concentrate on aerodynamics and maximising engine power.”

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FOOTNOTE: The TCR project is Hyundai Motorsport’s first step into circuit racing; the brand has already proved itself in three World Rally championships. It was assembled and developed by the Customer Racing department at Alzenau and will be based on the roadgoing New Generation i30. Design began in September 2016. Testing of the first complete chassis began in April 2017 and the first car should be delivered to customer teams in early December 2017.

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