Just as Toyota Motor Philippines is holding a one-make race series for its best-selling Vios subcompact sedan next year, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. is doing the same for the soon-to-arrive, face-lifted Elantra compact sedan.
The announcement was made today by HARI president and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo during the awarding ceremonies for the 2013 Lateral Drift Pro-Am Championship Series, a motorsports event sponsored by the Korean carmaker.
In 2014, HARI will organize what it calls the "Hyundai Circuit Series," which will feature the above-mentioned Lateral Drift series as well as a one-make series for its compact car, tentatively called the Elantra Cup. The series will use the much-awaited redesigned Elantra, with the 1.8-liter MT as the likely engine/transmission combo to line up the grid.
As with the Vios Cup, the Elantra Cup is open to Hyundai customers who want (and can afford) to race. Race-prepped cars will be provided by HARI to the participants, together with racetrack driving training. A minimum of 12 cars are expected to make up the grid.
Four legs or race weekends are planned for now, with the venues to alternate between Clark International Speedway and Batangas Racing Circuit. A possible leg in Metro Manila is also being considered.
HARI PR boss Paeng Batuigas told TopGear.com.ph that they're looking to kick off the Hyundai Circuit Series by first quarter of next year.
So, Hyundai fans who dream of racing wheel-to-wheel with your fellow Hyundai enthusiasts, this is your chance to live out your fantasies. We will keep you posted for more concrete details.