The Hyundai name will appear in the BTCC for the first time in the series’ history in 2020, as Excelr8 Motorsport will field a pair of independently-run Hyundai i30 Fastback N Performance cars.
Excelr8, who ran two MG 6 GTs for the 2019 campaign will be entering their second season in the BTCC and whilst the program will be an independent effort, it enjoys the support of key players in Hyundai’s UK dealer network.
Excelr8 Motorsport team owner Justina Williams said” The 2019 season was a real success for the team having achieved all the goals we set for ourselves at the start of the season. On track, we scored points with both drivers in our first season, and from operational, commercial and presentation points of view we were able to compete with the established frontrunners.”
The i30 Fastback N Performance was launched to the UK market in early 2019, and whilst a new car to the BTCC, Excelr8 Motorsport are adept and building new cars after having been responsible for the development, build and distribution of over 70 Mini Challenge race cars.
Excelr8 Team Principal Oliver Shepherd was excited to explore the i30 Fastback N Performance’s benefits as a race car, expressing confidence that the car would be competitive on the grid next year. “The build of the Hyundais marks the next stage in our multi-year plan to become a title contender in the British Touring Car Championship. The car offers a very favourable combination of wheelbase, track width, drag coefficient and torsional stiffness, so we are extremely excited about the prospects of this project. It’s going to be an extremely busy winter, but the whole team is extremely motivated to get the cars out on track as soon as possible.”
The arrival of yet another new marque in the BTCC, the 15th brand to feature in the series since the start of NGTC regulations means that series boss Alan Gow was also delighted to see the i30 join the series. “It’s fantastic to see another new marque join the BTCC, this time with EXCELR8 Motorsport. When we set the NGTC regulations it was for precisely this purpose, to allow this sort of diversity between teams and drivers. Hyundai is a globally recognised brand, which has made a big impact on other forms of motorsport already. This new project from EXCELR8 should make a great addition to the grid. It’s been fascinating to see how the team has grown across its maiden season in the BTCC, and the attitude and work ethic the team has shown while it gets up to speed. It’s no secret that the MGs were one of the oldest chassis on the grid, and the job the team had done to refresh them was very impressive. I look forward to seeing how much of a step forward EXCELR8 Motorsport can make with the new-generation Hyundais.”
The pair of Excelr8 Hyundais will make their BTCC debut at the first round of the 2020 season at Donington Park.