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Hyundai to build TCR i30

Hyundai Motorsport, the department of the Korean manufacturer that put the i20 WRC car on the map, have become the latest to build a TCR specification touring car.

In the wake of the increasingly popular rules set that is now used around the world for various touring car championships Hyundai’s plans for 2018 have come incredibily early, with the i30 expected to start testing in the spring of this year with the car being delivered to their customers before 2017 is over.

The announcement follows Audi and Kia as the latest motoring giants who will have their first TCR cars in various championships this year, as well as Peugeot who experimented with two outings in the International series and ETCC last season, now opening the order books for 2017.

TCR guru Marcello Lotti is said to be “delighted” at the news of having another manufacturer aboard and hopes yet more will follow suit.

Nissan were also tipped to be building a TCR car in association with experienced Swedish squad Flash Engineering, however the deal fell through late in the day and the team will now not compete in the STCC in 2017.

James Bourke

TCR correspondent

Photo:Hyundai Motorsport

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