Hyundai PH to stage one-make Elantra race series next year

To be held with Lateral Drift series
by Vernon B. Sarne | Dec 9, 2013

2014 Hyundai Elantra

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.

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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.

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HARI PR boss Paeng Batuigas told 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.

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