New Hyundai Elantra N TCR Set for IMSA Debut with Bryan Herta Autosport
Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) with Curb Agajanian and Hyundai Motor North America today announced a three-car assault on the 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. This introduces Hyundai N Brand’s latest Touring Car Racing (TCR)-specification achievement, the Elantra N TCR model. Hyundai’s growing performance N Brand now has three new Elantra models; the Elantra N Line, track-ready Elantra N (on sale fall of 2021) and the Elantra N TCR racecar. Customer racing teams can purchase an Elantra N TCR from BHA starting today.
Powered for performance by a new two-liter turbocharged I-4 engine derived from Hyundai’s all-new Elantra family of road-going models, the front wheel drive Elantra N TCR shares the same six-speed, paddle-shift operated gearbox as the proven Veloster N TCR and the i30 N TCR.
“The Elantra N TCR takes full advantage of the new road car’s stable, high-performance chassis and sleek sedan body shape to optimize its design,” said Olabisi Boyle, vice president, Product Planning and Mobility Strategy, Hyundai Motor North America. “Its bold looks on track are sure to bring a lot of new fans to the Elantra and N Brands. Seeing the new Elantra N TCR in the paddock for this first time is going to be awesome for race fans.”
BHA’s three-car lineup will feature two Elantra N TCR entries and one Veloster N TCR, the car that provided championships to the team in 2019 and 2020. 2020 IMPC champion Ryan Norman returns to drive the #98 Elantra N TCR alongside Parker Chase. Coming off their second-place finish in the championship, which featured two victories in the 2020 IMPC, Harry Gottsacker once again joins 2019 champion, Mark Wilkins in the #33 Elantra N TCR. Additionally, BHA and Hyundai welcome Taylor Hagler; she joins the squad, teaming with 2019 co-champion Michael Lewis in the #77 Veloster N TCR car.
“2020 was a memorable and remarkable year for so many reasons, and we look forward to 2021. Hyundai has set the gold standard in TCR competition worldwide, and we are proud to continue representing them and their N Performance brand for another year of IMSA racing. The addition of the Elantra N TCR alongside the well-proven Veloster N TCR, with an incredible lineup of proven Sports Car championship drivers, gives us all the tools we need to keep Hyundai competing for wins at North America’s best natural terrain road courses,” said Bryan Herta.
BHA enters their third season of IMSA competition in 2021, coming off a banner season in 2020, where they won seven of the ten IMPC races. In addition to the team’s three-car stable, the BHA/Hyundai Customer Support program is set to expand with multiple Veloster N TCR cars. Set for his third season racing for Hyundai, Mason Filippi returns to the Hyundai squad of drivers, his driving assignment, along with additional Hyundai programs will be announced soon.
The 10-race 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge kicks off with the Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, January 22-24 and is followed by the Rolex 24 at Daytona January 27th – 31st. Follow our season at BryanHertaAutosport.com and on our social channels.
#33 Hyundai Elantra N TCR
Harry Gottsacker: “We are bringing the band back for another run at the championship with a new ride and new number. It means a lot to be able to help develop the new #33 Elantra N TCR with Mark Wilkins and the BHA crew. We have seen time and time again that consistency, people, and working together are key in this championship and keeping a lot of the same components as we move into 2021 is so important. I am also honored to race the #33 in memory of Reese Imhoff, who was one of the biggest fans of this team.”
Mark Wilkins: “This season we introduce the all new Elantra N TCR. Hyundai’s commitment to motorsport and to N Performance models is incredibly exciting! Our success over the last three season’s speaks volumes to the incredible performance built into Hyundai’s TCR race cars. The introduction of three new N and four new N Line models will bring incredible performance and FUN to performance minded consumers! I personally, can’t wait for my first laps in the Elantra N TCR and first track day in the Elantra N! I’m elated to be sharing the car with Harry Gottsacker in 2021 and look forward to building on what we achieved together this past year! Harry had a breakout season in 2020 winning the most pole positions of anyone in the class and always putting the car in a position to WIN!”