What began with a dealer-fresh Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec just a few short weeks ago, transformed into a competitive race car by October 19th. At the TC America Finale held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Bryan Herta Autosport Veloster Turbo TCA car passed lots of cars in both races of the double-header weekend, finishing in P7 and P5, respectively. All accomplished by a new Veloster with still-evolving aftermarket support, built by a championship-winning team and piloted by a 15-year-old driver!
The quest for the Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA build began with gutting and safety modifications, moving to suspension testing and selection. Most recently, TURNology documented the wheel, tire, and brake systems used. In this finale, we wanted to show how all of the challenges of building a race car are now in the rearview. Because the Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA car has debuted on-track and is now available for privateers and modest teams to purchase.
With the Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA car track-tested and homologation pending, we aimed to check in with all of the primary players for their final impressions on their involvement with the race car.
From Bryan Herta Himself
“The Veloster Turbo TCA’s debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was extremely successful,” says Bryan Herta, team owner. “We are very pleased with how the car performed on track against other TCA machines. We now have the data we need to work with the TC America series to finalize the BoP for the car and are pleased to declare the car ready for competition officially. The car can be purchased for only $54,990, and we are confident the Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA represents the best value available today for TCA competition. We are already receiving orders, and are in production for multiple customers.”
Driver And Engineer Feedback
“Out of all the manufacturers in the TCA class, the braking on our Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA is far superior to our competition,” says driver Tyler Gonzalez. “I can get the car slowed down so much faster than the field. There are a ton of positives about the car that will make it a threat for race wins and the championship in 2020.
“Getting the car slowed down early for the corner allowed for increased speed on corner exit. This was a major factor in me being able to move forward in the race. I am looking forward to next season with confidence that the Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA will perform very well.”
Lead Engineer, Kyle Compton, shared similar feedback. “We now have more than eight hours of run time on the car with ZERO mechanical issues. We were able to finish both races, and even withstood quite a bit of right side contact in race 2. All damage was aesthetic. The Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA car was reliable and consistent in every aspect, all weekend long.”
Brakes That Race
“Wilwood is well-established in grassroots racing organizations such as NASA, SCCA, and Trans Am. So, partnering with Bryan Herta Autosport on the Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA car build was a natural fit,” says Dave Brzozowski, motorsports manager at Wilwood Brakes. “Wilwood continues to offer top-tier-racing brake components that allow racers to compete at all levels, whether at track days and club-level events or the highest levels of professional motorsports.”
“The team at PAGID Racing continues to develop new solutions for various global platforms and racing series,” says PAGID Sr. Manager of Motorsport, Jim Emerson. “The goal is to have continued long-term partners, from the OEM to race teams, that require engineered-solutions to support various brake system needs such as ABS, for example.
“The team at Bryan Herta Autosport has been developing a platform that incorporates our capabilities and allows us to support them in this new project. The success on the track will allow us to showcase the capabilities of the teams working on technical solutions. The Hyundai race cars are winning globally, and we are excited to be part of this opportunity,” Emerson added.
“Many people hear the name Eibach and immediately think about lowering springs for their street car, but we are so much more than that,” says Mark Krumme, head of marketing at Eibach. “We work with well-established teams such as Bryan Herta Autosport to develop better products, for both the circuit AND the street. Touring Car racing, at its core, is designed to be an attainable gateway for teams to enter professional motorsport.
“For most drivers, this starts at open lapping days and club-level racing. Because Eibach develops and manufactures suspension components for all tiers of racing, the trickle-down effect of our product development means drivers of all levels are getting the same exact quality and engineering we put into our highest level of motorsport products.”
“Recaro Automotive Seating developed the first racing shell in 1974 and continues to focus on manufacturing performance seats where you can feel the difference in ergonomics, safety, and comfort,” says Nicole McElroy, head of global marketing for Recaro. “We’re all about making driving safer, more comfortable, and more controlled — a driving experience that you can really feel. We put people first, every time. We’re equally obsessed with motorsport. Whatever record you broke yesterday, you aspire to beat it today. That’s why we’re constantly looking for ways to help you shave a little time off your next lap — safely. Winning is one thing. But, to be a champion, you need to keep learning and developing.”
Go Racing in 2020
With all the upgrades in place and a price put on the Bryan Herta Autosport Veloster Turbo TCA car, we’re eager to see it in person and hit the track in 2020. With a successful inaugural race, the Veloster will definitely be a strong contender. Seeing it go from stock form to competitive race car, and on video carving through the field, the platform is convincing.
“I was very pleased with the performance and reliability of the Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA its first time on track. I am confident the car will be even stronger moving forward,” says Phil Howard, Bryan Herta Autosport team manager. “There was a lot of interest in the car around the paddock, where several teams, drivers, and fans commented on what a nicely built car it is. It will be a great package for customers in 2020.”
As one contributor to the project suggests, it’s great to see Hyundai vehicles racing more and winning globally. It seems this team, on this platform, will be a winner.
The Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA car will be on display at SEMA 2019 in the Hyundai booth (#24387) alongside the No. 98 Hyundai Veloster N TCR car. TCR drivers Michael Lewis and Harry Gottsacker will be signing autographs for fans on Tuesday, November 5, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.