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Monday, May 17, 2021

Hyundai Kicks Off Extensive Testing Of Its Hybrid WRC Rally Car


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 in Germany, the objective of the test was to understand the car behavior, its strengths and weaknesses, and to plan the next steps according to the findings of this first outing.

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.

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