iRacing will add two new touring cars to the service for 2022 Season 1 with the addition of the Honda Civic Type R and Hyundai Elantra CN7. These two new vehicles will be available for purchase by all users with the coming build, and will join the Audi RS 3 LMS in various public iRacing series.
The Honda Civic Type R made its debut in 2018, and earned back-to-back Model of the Year awards on a global stage in 2019 and 2020. Boasting the same four-cylinder turbocharged engine as the roadgoing Civic Type R, the racing version puts out 340 horsepower. Campaigned around the world by various teams, North American fans may best recognize the Civic Type R for running the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge with teams like LA Honda World Racing and Atlanta Speedwerks.
Introduced in September 2020, Hyundai’s Elantra N became its latest touring car offering to customer teams around the world. Succeeding the i30 and Veloster touring cars that had made their debuts in previous seasons, the Elantra improves upon Hyundai’s existing technology with a brand new two-liter, turbocharged engine that produces 350 horsepower. The car made its IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge debut in 2021, with Bryan Herta Autosport campaigning two cars.
Both the Honda Civic Type R and Hyundai Elantra CN7 will make their debut as part of the 13th Week Touring Car Challenge, a single-week touring car series that runs after next week’s build and will also feature the iRacing debuts of Knockhill Racing Circuit and an all-new scan of Watkins Glen International. The cars will then assume their positions in the C-class iRacing IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and D-class Touring Car Challenge for 2022 Season 1 the following week.