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“A really helpful expertise” to organize for 2022



Driving the brand new Hyundai for 2022 this week, Thierry Neuville took half together with his teammates in a simulated rally in northern Italy. He judged the expertise “very helpful” with a view to adapting to the brand new WRC laws. The South Korean producer has taken its take a look at program to the subsequent stage by organizing these three days in actual circumstances on asphalt roads, lower than three months earlier than Rallye Monte-Carlo.

Thierry Neuville was answerable for the day’s driving on Thursday (after Ott Tänak on Wednesday and earlier than Dani Sordo on Friday), masking a complete of 698 km: 144 km of specials and 554 km of liaison, together with 7.7 km in an space with solely recourse to electrical energy. The Belgian solely encountered a number of minor points as Hyundai put its Rally1-compliant chassis to the take a look at with the 100 kW hybrid system.

“We had a steering downside within the morning, a steering connection, and I could not restart the automotive as a result of the buttons did not work”, explains Thierry Neuville. “However as soon as that was sorted out, we have been capable of proceed. We ran out of gasoline as soon as, however apart from that we had no downside within the afternoon. Within the final 5 phases, I ‘ve had no downside. Needed to reset the hybrid equipment as soon as, it was fast and off we went. “

“We began early and completed fairly late however it was a really helpful expertise, particularly having three completely different phases in sooner or later to expertise the hybrid. While you drive on the identical street all day, it is it is troublesome to have a superb feeling. Right here, we have been testing on three completely different phases. [avec le système hybride] and within the afternoon it was working fairly effectively, so it is a good step ahead. “

In current weeks, Thierry Neuville has been notably important of the brand new laws, aimed extra notably at decreasing downforce, the disappearance of the central differential and the adjustments made to the suspensions. His standpoint stays unchanged in the present day, however he nonetheless believes that the arrival of the hybrid will convey an fascinating component.

“The automotive isn’t that dangerous”, he specifies. “It is an evolution of what we at present have on the chassis stage. All the pieces that we’re complaining about with the present chassis isn’t fastened, and there are new points too, however most of what we’re have been asking [a été réglé]. I really feel that the chassis has plenty of potential. There’s nonetheless an evolution of the automotive that has to occur. It needs to be higher. “

Interview by Tom Howard

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