2021 Hyundai Veloster Spy Shoot – 2021 Hyundai Veloster
By: Richard S. James | December 13, 2019 7:47 AM
With schedules and added capacity for all its 2020 alternation accepting been appear at the Total 24 Hours of Spa in July, at the SRO award-winning giving bright in Las Vegas in October and in the time since, there were few surprises to be appear at SRO America’s anniversary State of the Sport appointment at the Performance Antagonism Industry barter appearance in Indianapolis on Thursday. There were, however, some absorbing facts and abstracts to absorb, including boilerplate car counts for SRO common that included 25 GT3 cars, 29 GT4s and 40 Touring Cars.
Those Touring Car numbers are alone for SRO America, as the class exists, for now, alone in America as far as SRO is concerned; that will change in 2021 as the class expands to Europe. While GT4 numbers are acceptable compared to the all-around average, the GT3 numbers for SRO America appearance some weakness.
Car counts aside, bodies are watching and responding. The alternation claims 796 actor impressions worldwide, including 478 actor amusing media impressions and a 3000-percent access in livestream admirers acknowledgment to common SRO integration. For 2020, there will be 200 hours of TV advantage on CBS Sports Network.
Procedurally, the alternation promises added Thursday analysis days, simplified award-winning money, and the attendance of the choice GT Paddock Club at all events. GT Sports Club America, encompassing brownish drivers in GT2 and GT3, and including allowances for earlier GT3 cars, will accomplish its admission at Virginia International Raceway abutting division with a three-class anatomy in a single-driver, dart format.
The alternation and competitors will get their antecedent aftertaste of GT Sports Club with the aboriginal of three Winter Invitational contest accident this weekend at The Thermal Club abreast Palm Springs, Calif. According to SRO America Admiral and CEO Greg Gill, that alternation is alluring new competitors who will sample SRO America antagonism for the aboriginal time.
Among the things discussed on Thursday, Gill anticipation article that abounding ability acquisition atomic to be somewhat noteworthy — the adjustment of blockage drivers’ assurance gear, and whether what is all-important for SRO alternation common is both appropriate and applied for North America.
“The takeaway is alert to our customers, adapting to the bazaar and again bringing article to them for customer-based antagonism that is beneficial,” Gill says. “An archetype is we were acute anniversary disciplinarian to appear in and analysis everything; that’s not article that’s about done in North America but it is done globally because we accord with a lot of accent gaps in altered alternation about the world.
“When we looked at it, we had some of our our our chief administration from alfresco agenda that in the States, everybody speaks English and they apperceive what’s activity on; aloof accept them accompany the HANS accessory and helmet in. That aloof saves a amazing bulk of annoyance for our drivers. That’s a specific archetype of: ‘Listen to our customers, acknowledge to what’s right.’ To (SRO founder) Stephane Ratel’s point, we’re a a all-around alignment but we act locally and do what’s appropriate for North America.”
In a abstracted announcement, Honda Performance Development alien a new, ready-to-race, factory-built chase car based on the Civic Type R. Honda already had a TCR car based on the Type R, and a TCA racer based on the Civic Si, but this new car fills the gap amid those two categories to booty on the BMW 240iR, Nissan 370Z and Hyundai Veloster in the Touring Car category.
“The successes of Honda Antagonism Development’s TCA Civic Si and TCR Type R in North American touring car championship alternation accept generated a able absorption in added ready-to-race Honda Touring Cars for North America,” said Ted Klaus, admiral of HPD. “With the addition of the new Type R TC-class chase car, we now action a complete agency of turn-key, Civic-based chase cars for registered antagonism barter in North America.”
Aside from the accepted assurance accessories such as cycle cage and harnesses, some of the cogent modification to about-face the artery Type R into a chase car accommodate a high-flow advanced grille, a J’s Antagonism FRP vented hood, CSF-designed radiator and oil cooler; an HPD/Borla downpipe and turbo-back exhaust; a 6-speed chiral manual with high-strength third and fourth gears; an HPD/Cusco bound blooper differential; and HPD Girodisc 2-piece advanced anchor rotors and HPD anchor basin ducts.
Part of that advertisement included the actuality that the car will be accessible to Honda Antagonism Line customers, but the aboriginal aggregation to advertise that it would chase the car is LA Honda Apple Racing, which entered the Civic Type R TCR in IMSA Michelin Pilot Cup Challenge antagonism this accomplished season.
The SRO America Winter Invitational at Thermal Club continues with contest in January and February. The 2020 SRO America championship division begins the aboriginal weekend in March at Circuit of The Americas.