Updated: Oct 4, 2020
One look at the gorgeous Hyundai Sonata and it was all love. The bold risky gamble the the designers took with the entire car, from front to back paid off in spades. I am forced to give it a nomination for "Best Design" at the upcoming AutoFOCUS Awards.
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The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is such a beautiful car with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. The Sonata's optional engine is a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. But in this episode we want to focus on the design - one of the best attributes it has.
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written by By Tony C. Lesesne
The design elements start with the imagination and conceptual renderings. Hyundai took bold risks with the exterior lines and curves. It paid off with an elegant yet sporty presentation that is among the best in the segment.
Three Wins in a Row for the Lexus RC F GT3 at Mid-Ohio
Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz were victorious in the AIM VASSER SULLIVAN (AVS) No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 in Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The win marks the second consecutive for AVS and Hawksworth at the Ohio road course and the third straight at Mid-Ohio for the Lexus RC F GT3.
The win is the sixth career IMSA victory for Hawksworth and his second straight victory at the 12 turn, 2.258-mile Ohio road course, while Telitz has now earned three career IMSA victories.
Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo also earned a top-10 result in Sunday’s race with a 10th-place finish following damage to the No. 12 Lexus RC GT3 early in the race. Montecalvo started the race seventh in the GTD class but had contact with a competitor on the opening lap that damaged the hood and resulted in multiple pit stops to fix the damage. Montecalvo and Bell have earned six top-10 finishes in seven races this season.
Lexus currently leads the overall GTD manufacturer championship point standings and ranks first in the GTD Sprint Cup standings. The AVS No. 14 Lexus is currently second in the overall GTD championship standings and leads the GTD Sprint Cup points. The No. 12 RC F GT3 sits fifth in the overall GTD standings and third in the Sprint Cup.
Doubleheader Race Weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series held its first-ever doubleheader race weekend, competing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Typically a spring race that features rain and colder temperatures, perfect racing weather greeted the rescheduled event. Bryan Herta Autosport’s 4-car Hyundai Veloster N TCR team raced over 150 laps each over the 2.2-mile, 13 turn road course.
Spencer Brockman and Parker Chase led the Hyundai’s on Saturday, finishing fourth in the #29 Vertical Bridge Veloster N TCR, which catapulted the young guns from 11th to sixth in the championship. Gabby Chaves and Ryan Norman led the way on Sunday in Race 2, where they finished second and extended their championship lead. Mason Filippi and Michael Lewis earned a pair of top five finishes and bumped up one position in the standings to second. Previous points leaders Harry Gottsacker and Mark Wilkins are due for better luck in the coming races as the #21 car finished outside of the top five the last three races because of situations beyond their control.
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Expands
TCR Range with Elantra N TCR
Hyundai Motorsport has revealed a new addition to its range of TCR-specification packages offered to customer teams. The new addition, the Hyundai Elantra N TCR, is the latest car to be designed and built by the company’s Customer Racing department. The new design further expands Hyundai Motorsport’s offering to TCR competitors, joining the hugely successful i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR. The addition will ensure maximum relevance to customers around the world, with the new car intended for teams in those markets where the standard Elantra model is sold.