Hyundai Motorsport kicks off testing with 2022 WRC hybrid challenger.
- Hyundai Motorsport has accelerated preparations for the brand-new hybrid era of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with the test debut of its 2022 challenger
- The car is based on the Hyundai i20 N road vehicle and emphasises the link between motorsport and Hyundai’s production car technology
- The comprehensive test session to work on all areas of the car and gather data was held in the south of France this week
After pledging its commitment to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) hybrid era - Hyundai Motorsport has put a prototype of its Rally1 car through its paces for the first time. The test took place on rough gravel in the south of France last week as the team prepares to tackle WRC’s newest technical challenge.
Following intensive preparation of the new car at the team’s base in Alzenau, the objective of the test was to understand the car behaviour, its strengths and weaknesses and to plan the next steps according to the findings of this first outing.
It was a comprehensive session, working on all areas of the car and gathering data after the first roll-out of the prototype which was held at a private testing ground in Germany.
Based on Hyundai’s high-performance i20 N road vehicle, the all-new Rally1 car integrates the key technical features and hybrid power - in accordance with the FIA regulation for next year’s championship - as well as all the experience and learnings that the team has accumulated in recent seasons.
Hyundai Motorsport will ramp up the development of the i20 N based car with an intense testing plan in different venues across Europe to evaluate the new challenger in different conditions and terrains, which reflect the variety of circumstances of the World Rally Championship. Its performance will be thoroughly assessed over the next months without leaving anything to chance before the debut in 2022.