The 2022 Hyundai i20 Rally1 will use a hybrid powertrain and the next few months will see the WRC car being tested at various sites across Europe.
Hyundai i20 Rally1 WRC 2022 Prototype Based on New Generation i20 N Line
Hyundai Motorsport, the racing arm of the Hyundai Motor Group, has dropped the first image of the 2022 World Rally Championship (WRC) i20 Rally1 prototype. The heavily camouflaged WRC sedan was driven in the south of France over gravel terrain crashed as part of an intense Europe-based test plan that includes a hybrid powertrain. The 2022 Hyundai i20 Rally1 will run on hybrid power, in line with the WRC announcement earlier this year that several of its competitors will switch to hybrid engines starting next year. The series has been working on the transition since 2019.
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Speaking about the new Hyundai i20 Rally1 car, Andrea Adamo, Team Director, said: “It’s a special moment when you take a car to the road for the first time and, as always, there are challenges. to relieve. , we are starting from scratch with brand new rules, a different concept and a new base model – the i20 N. It was exciting to launch the tests and start this exciting new adventure. “
The 2022 Hyundai i20 Rally1 challenger is based on the i20 N Line road version. Interestingly, rather than going for a traditional hybrid setup, Hyundai opted for a plug-in hybrid powertrain on the Rally1 car, which means that the battery must be charged using an external power source in outside the internal combustion engine. It also means that the i20 Rally1 car will be able to run longer on electricity alone, which will make the application more interesting considering the challenges of the WRC.
The 2022 Hyundai i20 Rally1 prototype underwent a full test session with the first deployment at a private test center in Germany. Hyundai says the rally car incorporates the main technical characteristics of its on-road counterpart as well as the experience of the motorsport team over the past two seasons.
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Andrea Adamo added: “We have seen some interesting things, some that need to be changed and improved, but it’s all part of the process and the job. The team did an amazing job and worked so hard to prepare the car for the first test in such a short time. Of course, we are only at the start of a long journey, but I think we have some interesting times ahead of us before Rallye Monte-Carlo 2022. “
Hyundai Motorsport will now test the car at different sites across Europe, which will be used to evaluate the new challenger on different terrains and conditions.
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