Racecars of the 2019 Canadian International Autoshow
Volkswagen I.D. R Hillclimb Champion
Last year, Volkswagen shattered the Pikes Peak hillclimb record with the I.D. R, its first attempt at a fully electric racecar. Not only did it obliterate the record set by Sébastien Loeb in the 875 hp Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak monster, the I.D. R also became the first car to complete the daunting hillclimb within eight minutes.
Propelling the I.D. R up the mountain are two electric motors. They combine to output 680 hp and 479 lb-ft, with one motor at each axle. Volkswagen took lessons learned from its sister company Porsche LMP1 program to develop the aero package. Now that the I.D. R has conquered Pikes Peak, we can expect to see the prototype racecar challenge more races in the near future.
Nissan Leaf NISMO RC Set to Electrify the Track
In contrast to the Volkswagen I.D. R LMP prototype appearance, Nissan’s Leaf NISMO RC looks more at home in a field of GT3 or Super GT GT300 racecars.
Starting from a carbon fiber monocoque, the Leaf NISMO RC presents a GT racecar silhouette that bares a passing resemblance to the roadcar.
It is difficult to place where the Leaf NISMO RC would fit into current racing series. It is entirely possible that Nissan will launch a spec series or supporting race based on the EV, similar to what they have done with the Micra Cup.
Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC)
Throughout the entire Canadian International Autoshow floor, there were about half a dozen CTCC cars located at different booths ranging from touring, TCR and GT4 spec racecars.
New for 2019, CTCC will have a dedicated TCR touring car class. The Audi RS3 LMS and Honda Civic (FK2 generation!) will all make the move from the GT Sport class.
Hyundai i30 N TCR – Forbidden Fruit for Canadians
Hyundai Racing Canada will be bringing much needed diversity to the TCR field with the new i30 N. It is interesting to see the team use the four door version instead of the three door Veloster N TCR.
While we are on the subject of Hyundai, the Veloster N is shaping up to be a very strong contender in the hot hatch market. Having seen one up close and personal, I would seriously consider one to replace the Fiesta ST as a daily driver a few years down the road.
GT4 and GT3 Racecars
In addition to the RS3 TCR, there is also an Audi R8 LMS GT4 in the GT Sport class. It shares 60% of parts with the roadcar, including the naturally aspirated 5.2L V10 engine.
New features for 2019 include a 40 hp bump to 425 hp, two separate Trackday and Competition models and even some body panels made of natural fibre composite.
The Acura NSX GT3 was the only car of its class at CIAS 2019. Race fans will get a chance to see it in action at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in July for the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship. We may also see the NSX at the Blancpain GT World Challenge America race in May as well.
In addition to his duties as CTCC President, John Bondar has been hard at work to bring Formula 4 racing into Canada as well as launching a new entry level GT racing series. Stay tuned for the official announcement at Motorama this weekend.