Hybrid technology enters the World Rally Championship
Hyundai to tackle WRC championship with new hybrid challenger
Hyundai Motorsport are ready to go rallying with a brand new Hyundai i20 N Rally1 challenger and a four-crew line-up.
Hyundai has reaffirmed its commitment to the WRC by fully embracing the sport’s new Rally1 hybrid regulations that come into effect this year.
The new Rally1 technical regulations have been established to showcase WRC’s commitment to a sustainable future as well as improvements to safety and equality between competitors. Hybrid technology has been introduced into WRC for the first time along with 100 percent sustainable fuel, necessitating a new approach to rally car development.
The team has developed the car ahead of its ninth season at the pinnacle of international rallying, during an intensive test programme. Based on the Hyundai i20N road car, the WRC version will further cement the link between motorsport and Hyundai’s production car technology, as the team targets more victories and championship titles in 2022. The power plant combines a traditional 1.6-litre internal combustion engine with a common plug-in hybrid unit.
“We have welcomed the technical challenge of WRC's new hybrid era. It promises to be a step into the unknown for every team, but we are confident we've done the best job possible with our Hyundai i20 N Rally1.
The main objective has been to combine the internal combustion engine and the plug-in hybrid unit, getting all the components working together harmoniously within the chassis. We have carried out testing with the car in different scenarios on different terrain to gather as much real-time data as possible.
Our simulation test in October put the car through a representative experience of a real rally weekend, and from that we've been able to further tune the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 ahead of its competitive debut. The car's performance level will only really be known when we get to the rally stages against our competition,” said Julien Moncet, Hyundai Motorsport deputy team director.
Leading the team of Hyundai drivers will be the pairings of Thierry Neuville and Martin Wydaeghe and Ott Tanak alongside Martin Jarveoja.
The third car will be shared between crews consisting of rising star Oliver Solberg and co driver Elliot Edmondson as well as Dani Sordo and Candido Carrera.
Crews will tackle a 13-round calendar covering the WRC’s usual mix of terrain that includes gravel, tarmac and snow. New additions to the calendar include Rally New Zealand and Rally Japan.
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