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EXCELR8 hitches with Hyundai for 2020 BTCC

Wednesday, November 13 2019

The Hyundai marque will race in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship for the first time in 2020, after the EXCELR8 Motorsport team confirmed it will design and build two new cars based on the i30 Fastback N Performance model.

The team ran the dependable MG6 cars on its series debut in 2019 with drivers Sam Osborne and Rob Smith, with the outfit gaining significant understanding of the NGTC regulations and competitive landscape of the BTCC.

Keen to develop new machinery in order to progress up the grid in 2020, and after evaluating models from a range of manufacturers, the team has opted for the i30 Fastback N Performance, with preparations starting during the annual BTCC summer break in July. Design commenced in September and the team has strengthened its technical department with a new relationship with seasoned NGTC design consultants. The new Hyundai programme will have the support of key players in Hyundai's UK Dealer Network.

The team have also ensured the longevity of the design by working with Cosworth Electronics to futureproof the specification to meet the needs of the hybrid technology set to be introduced to the BTCC in 2022.

EXCELR8 is no stranger to developing new cars, having been responsible for the development, build and global distribution of over 70 MINI Challenge cars, with the UK-based championship joining the BTCC support package in 2020.

Team Principal Oliver Shepherd said: "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 i30 Fastback N Performance 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."

BTCC Chief Executive Alan Gow added: "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 in other forms of motor sport 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 opening round of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship will take place at Donington Park on 28-29 March. Tickets are already available for purchase by clicking here.