Hyundai i20 WRC makes positive test debut
The Hyundai i20 WRC was taken out of the workshop in Alzenau, Germany, yesterday, and onto the road for the start of its testing programme.
The car was initially taken out for a test back in mid-May to check the car’s systems, with a schedule ahead of an entry in the FIA World Rally Championship in 2014. The test was completed by Hyundai’s technical team without encountering any particular issues.
They had their first comprehensive testing session last week where the team started working on different set-up solutions and gathered valuable data which will be analysed by engineers back at Hyundai Motorsport facility in Alzenau. While all key areas of the car’s performance were evaluated, there was a major focus on collecting feedback on the i20 WRC’s 1.6 litre turbocharged engine as part of the continuing development programme for the powertrain.
A total of 550 kilometres covered over the three days has enabled the team to start building the knowledge base of testing data from which to prepare its entry to the WRC in eight months’ time.
With an ambitious target to meet in a short period of time, the intensive testing programme is intended to enure that Hyundai Motorsport arrives at Rallye Monte.
Carlo in January fully prepared for the challenge. The programme will continue for the rest of the year and will involve the assessment and development of the i20 WRC in all of the terrains and conditions expected in World Rally Championship.