Thursday | 02 Dec 2021

Hyundai reveals new-look hybrid Rally1 challenger

Hyundai Motorsport has started testing a heavily-revised 2022-specification hybrid Rally1 car in the French Alps.

Team principal Andrea Adamo says the car is completely new from the previous test prototype.

Having run the i20 N WRC Rally1 at its own test site last week, Thierry Neuville, Ott Tänak and Oliver Solberg are putting it through its paces in terrain more reminiscent of what’s to come at the 2022 season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo (20 - 23 January).

Talking about the evolution of the test mule to the 2022-specification car, Adamo said: “The current car was a prototype. We put it together quite fast to let us get experience to make the new one."

Adamo outlined huge differences between the two cars in the chassis, transmission and engine areas and said it had taken a huge effort from the Alzenau-based squad to get the new version up and running.

“We have redesigned the [transmission] casing, we have redesigned internals and we have redesigned the rear differential too to make it different. The propshaft is different because we modified the lines, but the driveshaft has been modified to match with the new stuff. The up-right is different. Everything is different.

“The workshop has done something incredible, the purchasing department has done something incredible. Because we have been there, and everything that they seen needed to be changed has been done. So every piece has been redone in this car. A huge job done.”

The car testing this week is the product of Christian Loriaux, one of the sport’s most prolific rally car designers. The Belgian joined Hyundai Motorsport to work on this project from M-Sport Ford earlier this season.

Hyundai Motorsport was the last of the three teams to start significant 2022 running, with Adamo admitting previously that while they were slower out of the gate, he’s confident his team is making up ground on Toyota Gazoo Racing and M-Sport Ford now.

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