Hyundai Motorsport is working a rally simulation this week with its new mount for the 2022 season. The South Korean producer has arrange a three-day program, an identical to that of a rally, to check its new i20 Rally1 beneath circumstances as shut as potential to what is going to await subsequent 12 months with the entry into pressure of hybrid rules.
Hyundai has chosen to prepare this full simulation on asphalt, in Piedmont, northern Italy. Due to the collaboration with the native authorities, a number of sections of roads have been closed to permit the creation of specials, a few of which have been featured on the Rally di Alba route previously.
Leaving nothing to probability, this take a look at additionally contains areas devoted solely to using electrical vitality obtainable as much as 100 kW due to the brand new hybrid system. These are areas which, in 2022, shall be coated on every rally between the levels in electrical mode. Automobiles will even must rely solely on electrical energy on the service park. To arrange for this, Hyundai has due to this fact recreated an help zone in addition to wheel change to get as shut as potential to an actual rally.
Ott Tänak was behind the wheel of the brand new i20 on Wednesday, relayed this Thursday by Thierry Neuville. Friday, for the third and final day, it is going to be Dani Sordo’s flip. They sport a camouflage livery to cover sure particulars of the automotive as a lot as potential from the competitors. Yves Matton, Rally director on the FIA, and his technical director Jérôme Touquet are each on web site to oversee the follow.
This rally simulation is additional proof of the means developed in latest weeks by Hyundai to organize for subsequent season, after having caught up with their opponents as a result of late inexperienced mild given to its Rally1 undertaking.
The brand new rules have compelled producers to revamp the hulls of vehicles in an effort to meet new necessities. Toyota and M-Sport have additionally stepped up their preparations these days, as the beginning of the following season is simply across the nook as Rallye Monte-Carlo takes place in January.
With Tom Howard
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