Hyundai i20 WRC makes pos­i­tive run

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Af­ter an in­ten­sive few months of prepa­ra­tion at its new head­quar­ters, Hyundai Motorsport has taken the i20 WRC out of the work­shop and onto the road to start its test­ing pro­gramme.

The re­sult was a suc­cess­ful shake­down for the lat­est spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the Hyundai i20 WRC on a pri­vate test­ing ground near Alzenau, Ger­many. Hyundai Motorsport’s tech­ni­cal team com­pleted the roll­out while en­coun­ter­ing no sig­nif­i­cant is­sues. Now, the test sched­ule ramps up to pre­pare for en­try in the FIA (Fed­er­a­tion In­ter­na­tionale de l’Au­to­mo­bile) World Rally Cham­pi­onship in 2014. This three day, 550 km shake­down was fol­lowed by the car’s first com­pre­hen­sive test­ing ses­sion, dur­ing which var­i­ous set­ups were tried out and valu­able data were gath­ered for anal­y­sis by engi­neers back at the Hyundai Motorsport fa­cil­ity.

While all key ar­eas of the car’s per­for­mance were eval­u­ated, there was a ma­jor fo­cus on col­lect­ing feed­back from the i20 WRC’s 1.6 litre tur­bocharged engine.

‘‘The car is on the road and I have to ad­mit it was quite an emo­tional mo­ment to see the lat­est spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the i20 WRC in ac­tion for the first time,’’ Hyundai Motorsport team prin­ci­pal Michel Nan­dan said.

‘‘We have an in­ten­sive test­ing sched­ule for the rest of 2013. It will take us to dif­fer­ent venues across Europe, to eval­u­ate the i20 WRC in dif­fer­ent con­di­tions and on dif­fer­ent ter­rains, which re­flect the va­ri­ety of cir­cum­stances we will en­counter in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship next year.’’

With an am­bi­tious tar­get to meet in a short time, the tight sched­ule is in­tended to en­sure that Hyundai Motorsport ar­rives ready to com­pete at the Monte Carlo Rally in Jan­uary 2014.

‘‘The learn­ing from the first tests for me is quite pos­i­tive,’’ Mr Nan­dan said.

‘‘We now have a lot of use­ful feed­back to di­gest for the next steps of our prepa­ra­tion.’’

The Hyundai i20 WRC was de­signed at Hyundai’s Namyang re­search and de­vel­op­ment cen­tre in Korea and is be­ing made rac­eready at the Hyundai Motorsport head­quar­ters in Alzenau, Ger­many.

For a full run­down on Hyundai ve­hi­cles call into Shep­par­ton Hyundai, Be­nalla Rd. Or phone the show­room on 5822 5877.

The first com­pre­hen­sive test­ing ses­sion was car­ried out last week to eval­u­ate all key ar­eas of Hyundai’s i20 WRC per­for­mance ve­hi­cle

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