On the request of Compact Dynamics – the corporate that received an FIA tender to develop the battery and e-motor for subsequent season’s hybrid-powered automobiles – Toyota, M-Sport Ford and Hyundai needed to ship the components again.
Whereas Latvala wouldn’t be drawn on the matter, or whether or not his engineers have had the possibility to check the brand new system – both on a mule or within the workshop – the Finn defined that work was on observe for the all-new automobile across the road-going GR Yaris structure.
Toyota technical director Tom Fowler, who’s main the venture, has beforehand said that it was targeting a first test of a complete car “during the summer”.
“We’re fairly glad the place we’re with the schedule for the 2022 automobile,” mentioned Latvala, who’s more likely to become involved in testing sooner or later as he holds a sound competitors licence.
“We have now been utilizing this mule – a ’21-spec automobile – and there are elements now we have been in a position to check. The whole lot continues to be on schedule.”
Latvala confirmed that check driver Juho Hanninen has accomplished a collection of runs within the mule automobile and the data is presently being regarded over by engineers.
Regardless of presently being with out the hybrid package, he indicated that Hanninen will conduct extra operating after this weekend’s Rally Croatia.
“Earlier than now we have all the things collectively, I believe throughout spring time we’ll proceed to check with this mule chassis,” he mentioned.
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“We might be nonetheless testing elements for the ’22 automobile, [and this will happen] earlier than we enter testing with the complete ’22 automobile.
“Juho has been testing with the mule automobile, which relies on the ’21 automobile, and it had the brand new ’22 elements within the automobile however I can’t provide you with any extra data than that.
“The goal is to have the hybrid techniques within the automobile by the summer season as a result of when you have got a full automobile you want to have the ability to check the complete ’22 automobile in the summertime.
“That’s nonetheless our goal. I need to be trustworthy. however generally freely giving an excessive amount of data can harm you.”