The next round of the TCR Germany (Nürburgring/August 3rd-5th) marks the mid-season of the championship but the “mercato” is in full swing. And what a surprise! Théo Coicaud is changing teams! Or more exactly, his car…
Hyundai day !
Farewell to his Golf GTI TCR; hello to his Hyundai i30 N TCR! Because it's behind this wheel that the driver from Normandy, France, will return to the championship. Absent from the German production car series, the Korean manufacturer who has scored high elsewhere in Europe, Asia and FIA WTCR races wanted to get into the TCR championships with, if possible, a front-running team.
So quite naturally the discussions began and were finalized with the Engstler Team, already high-profiled in the ADAC TCR Germany with several Golf GTIs racing under its flag in many satellite teams.
All that remained to be done was to designate the two team drivers. Hyundai picked Luca Engstler (Middle East TCR champion in 2018 and currently third in the German championship) and Théo Coicaud (21st) for the new Engstler Team cars.
A great opportunity for the French driver to make a comeback after a start to the season marked by some brilliant performances but overall disappointing because of an often unreliable car and crashes for which he was never responsible: “Wonderful news! Hyundai i30 N TCRs always do well in championship races and I hope to be in the Top 10 regularly” says Théo Coicaud. “Luca should do well from the outset as he is already one of the leaders but as for me the team is not putting pressure on me yet as I have to find out what the car and I can do together and about racing in the TCR in general. But I hope to finish the season much better than I began it – and I'm aiming for the podium, as ever. The objective is to be out in front next season. I am very grateful to the Engstler Team and Hyundai Deutschland for their confidence in me. Thank you so much and also to my partner Allport Cargo Services!”
A high-performance car
Hyundai Motorsport took its first steps into the world of circuit races when it designed the i30 N TCR. Built and engineered in Alzenau, near Frankfurt, Germany, the TCR project began in September 2016 and led to the first test car in April 2017.
In compliance with TCR rules, the i30 N TCR is based on the i30 N road car.
Technical Specifications i30 N TCR
- Engine: 2-litre turbocharged engine with direct injection
- Bodyshell: Hyundai Motorsport designed lightweight high-tensile steel rollcage
- Transmission: 6-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters
- Suspension: Front McPherson struts, rear 4-arm multi-link, Adjustable dampers
- Interior: Sabelt race seats and 6-point, HANS compatible, harness
- Fuel System: 100-liter fuel tank with endurance refueling capability
- Wheels: Braid 10″x18″ aerodynamic rims, specifically designed for Hyundai Motorsport
- Brakes: Front Hyundai Motorsport branded Brembo 6-piston calipers with 380mm diameter ventilated brake discs, rear 2-piston calipers with 278mm brake discs