Monday | 22 Feb 2021

Breen and Solberg rack up 600km in Hyundai’s Rally2 car

Craig Breen and Oliver Solberg completed more than 600km of winter development testing in Sweden last week in Hyundai Motorsport’s new i20 N Rally2 car.

Each had two days in perfect snow and ice conditions north of Torsby, using roads that were scheduled to form part of the Rally Sweden route before the event’s unfortunate cancellation for Covid-19 reasons.

The test was the first of 2021 for a car due to be homologated in the summer, after which it will be available for customers to compete in WRC2 and WRC3 in the FIA World Rally Championship. Development began on gravel in Italy last November.

Testing focused on the settings for the dampers and differentials to achieve the best balance and grip from the car. Solberg, who joined Hyundai’s WRC2 line-up this season, admitted he was excited to be involved in the work.

“Hyundai Motorsport is taking real steps with this car and already the traction and handling are very good,” said the 19-year-old Swede, who drives an i20 World Rally Car for the first time in competition at this week’s Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox (26 - 28 February).

“We have seen from the last couple of years, the competition in the category is incredible and the i20 N Rally2 is going to be a very exciting addition.”

Andrew Johns, Hyundai’s customer racing operations leader, said the snow test was a key step to prepare a car capable on every surface.

“The kilometres completed over the four days will not only be hugely useful for our customers when they come to their own winter events, but will also help push forward the development started on gravel stages last year,” he added.

“Over the next few months our engineers will continue to test, using different drivers to gain a wider range of feedback about all aspects of the car.”