Hyundai Veloster for Aussie tarmac rallying?
- 18th October 2012, 4:09pm
With a hint of possible plans to hit the tarmac in Australia in 2013, the Veloster Race Concept has been engineered to meet all FIA and CAMS tarmac rally competition regulations and requirements.
Veloster Race Concept has been developed in Australia by a specialist engineering team to withstand the extreme rigour of tarmac rally racing. Stripped down to a body shell and rebuilt to exacting standards by a dedicated team, using Hyundai technical and engineering know-how combined with contracted motorsport race specialists. The project was led by the same technical team that conduct all ride and handling tuning for Hyundai production vehicles in Australia.
The Veloster Race Concept appears in tarmac rally specification; however, minor modifications would make the Concept eligible for Australia Production GT, Australia Rally Championship or Asia Pacific Rally competitions.
Built in house by local specialist race engineers to meet the CAMS Australian Tarmac Regulations for “Modern” category, the vehicle makes extensive use of lightweight components and high performance racing parts with the following specifications;
- 1.6-litre turbo engine
- Twin-scroll turbocharger
- Stainless steel hi-flow exhaust system
- Six-speed manual transmission
- Multi-point roll cage (FIA and CAMS compliant)
- Recaro Spa Hans, carbon seats
- Multipoint 3” seat belts
- Alcon race brakes.
- Front: 4-Pot, 355mm rotors.
- Rear: 2-Pot, 300mm rotors
- Alcon hydraulic handbrake
- Stainless steel brake lines
- Project Mu competition brake Pads
- Kevlar high pressure fuel lines
- Sparco race steering wheel
- Sparco on board fire extinguisher system
- DMS 4-Way adjustable suspension
- Super Pro roll control suspension bushes
- Team Dynamics 18 x 8 race wheels
- Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tyres
- Anti-glare dash board
- Light weight carbon interior
- Carbon mirrors
- Custom rear wing
- Custom front lip spoiler
“The Veloster Race Concept is an excellent example of Hyundai’s New Thinking. New Possibilities brand philosophy in action,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Marketing Director Oliver Mann.
“The Concept demonstrates Hyundai local in-house engineering and technical know-how at its best, and is a very exciting addition to the brand lineup at the Australian International Motor Show.”
The Veloster Race Concept is under study for potential competition and Hyundai expects to make an announcement in 2013.
Hyundai’s rally history
Having recently launched i20 WRC at the Paris Motor Show, and poised to return to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), this exciting vehicle builds on the company’s rally history which began in 1988 competing in the F2 class of the WRC for two seasons. In 1999, the team announced it would step up to the top class in 2000, with a fully-developed WRC car based on the three-door Accent.
At the end of 2003 season, after four years of WRC competition, Hyundai withdrew from the championship, embarking on its long-term strategy to set up an in-house WRC team in Europe.
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