On June 3rd, at the first Geely Super Cup held after the formation of Geely Group Motorsport, the new race modified Emgrand GL will be unveiled. The racing model comes equipped with a newly developed 1.4 turbo engine, the latest award-winning engine from Geely. The introduction of the Geely 3.0 era model to the Super Cup marks a new era for Geely motorsports.
The Emgrand GL was Geely’s first 3.0 era A-segment sedan and was first launched onto the market in 2016. It has quickly become one of Geely’s top sellers. Last year, 113,331 Emgrand GLs were sold and in the first four months of 2018, over 50,000 were sold.
The race modified Emgrand GL was designed specifically for the Super Cup races. Racing kits widened the original body of the Emgrand GL and increased ventilation. The lower lip of the car has been extended forward helping create more downforce and reduce wind resistance. Modifications were also done to the front and rear fenders, doors, and sides to make the car more aerodynamic and move the vehicle center of gravity downwards. A rear wing has been added to increase downforce at high speeds and increase stability. The single exhaust has been replaced with a double trapezoidal exhaust increasing engine performance.
Powering the race car is Geely’s new self-developed 1.4T turbo engine which was awarded the “China Heart” top ten engines award in 2017. The engine comes with a highly-efficient turbocharger, roller rocker, hydraulic tappet, cylinder head integrated exhaust manifold, dual-mass flywheels, and other advanced technologies. The hood has been modified to include an air intake vent, increasing airflow and cooling to the engine. The racing modifications demonstrate the flexibility and potential of Geely 3.0 era models.
The race car will be unveiled at the Geely Super Cup to be held in Zhuhai on June 3rd. The Super Cup started as a racing series for Geely fans and owners. It has been running on and off since 2006. Previous editions of the race used Geely’s 2.0 era Emgrand RS, Emgrand RV, Vision, and Jin Gang models. The racing series consists of several qualifiers throughout China with the best racers from each qualifier advanced to the finals. Because the series is open to Geely owners and enthusiasts it has become a unique series where amateur racers can pitch their skills against professionals. The cup has helped promote Chinese racing culture by becoming a platform for racing fans to enter the professional racing world. The 2018 edition is the first Super Cup organized by the newly created Geely Group Motorsport division.
The entry of the new race car in the first Geely Super Cup organized by the Geely Group Motorsport division represents a new era in Geely motorsports. Geely Group Motorsport was created in 2017 to handle strategic alignment on motorsport activities for the brands within Geely Holding Group. The department is based out of both Hangzhou, China, and Gothenburg, Sweden. The official motorsport partner of Geely Group Motorsport is Cyan Racing, the team that represented Volvo Cars and Polestar in the FIA World Touring Car Championship and that won both World Titles in 2017. Along with the Geely Super Cup, the Geely Group Motorsport and Cyan Racing has also formed the Lotus Cyan Racing to participate in the 2018 Swedish GT race series with a Lotus Evora GT4 driven by world champion racers Swedish Prince Carl Philip, Thed Björk and Richard Göransson.