Electric Hyundai race car teased for Frankfurt

Hyundai will pull the covers off an electric race car at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month

Work is underway on an electric Hyundai race car, which is set to be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 10 September.

Designed and built in Germany, the electric racer has been teased for the first time with a single image (above) showing the lower regions of the car next to a fully suited racing driver.

Meanwhile a teaser video (below) shows glimpses of the car wearing the motorsport division's distinctive blue and red livery.

Little is known about the vehicle at this stage, although it’s likely to be an electric version of the Hyundai Veloster. It could feature in the forthcoming eTCR series – an electric touring-car championship that’s due to launch in 2020.

Hyundai’s creation will go up against the Cupra e-Racer, which has been used to set the technical regulations for the championship. Cars will use a common package of motors, gearboxes and inverters, while the battery packs will have a capacity of 65kWh.

The Cupra e-Racer is expected to hit 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds, with a top speed of 168mph. At full power, the battery is said to last for just 25 miles.

While the races may be short, Hyundai believes its electric entry will help promote its electrified range. Its all-electric line-up currently consists of the Kona Electric and Ioniq Electric, with numerous hybrid and plug-in hybrid models also on sale.

“A new era is dawning at Hyundai Motorsport,” said team director Andrea Adamo. “For many months, our team in Alzenau has been working hard on an exciting electric vehicle and soon we will be able to share the fruits of these labours.

“It promises to be a new chapter for our company, a natural extension to our motorsport activities, one that links closely to the current trends and innovations in the wider automotive industry. There’s not much longer to wait.”