Hyundai Motorsport is nearing completion of its latest rally car, based on the new generation i20, with which the team will contest the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), its third season of competition.
The ‘New Generation i20 WRC’ has been subject to a ‘rigorous’ test and development programme throughout 2015, with the new car clocking over 8,000km across several test sessions since March.
The all-new car has been put through its paces on both gravel and tarmac in four separate countries Germany, France, Finland and Spain running concurrently with Hyundai Motorsport’s 2015 WRC campaign. Pleased with the car’s progress throughout the year the team has recently applied for FIA homologation of the i20. Finalisation of that process is expected this month.
“We are approaching the final phase of preparation for our New Generation i20 WRC ahead of its debut in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship. Since March, we have completed around 8,000km in stage conditions with the car, on both gravel and tarmac,” commented team principal Michel Nandan. “We have carried out an average of one test per month with the new car, including a test this week in France, which ends tomorrow. For a young team like ours, to run an intensive testing programme alongside a heightened WRC campaign has been quite an achievement but we now embark on some important milestones. We all look forward to officially unveiling the new car in Alzenau next week, before concluding the all-important homologation process with the FIA. From there, we can really start the 2016 season. We have covered different types of terrain and rally conditions in testing so far, but we haven’t yet run the car on snow, so that’s something we will carry out later this month, both as part of the car development but also as a pre-event test for Rally Sweden. These are exciting times for Hyundai Motorsport as we conclude final preparations for the debut of the New Generation i20 WRC in Rallye Monte-Carlo next month.”