Hyundai Mo­tor­sport takes their i20 WRC to al­ti­tude

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After a busy sum­mer of in­ten­sive test­ing, the devel­op­ment of the Hyundai i20 WRC con­tin­ued in the sec­ond half of Septem­ber as the Hyundai Mo­tor­sport team re­turned to the tar­mac on a three-day test ses­sion in France fol­lowed by a week of test­ing on gravel at high al­ti­tude in the South of Spain.

Hyundai Mo­tor­sport team prin­ci­pal Michel Nan­dan said: ‘‘For the past cou­ple of months we’ve tested every two weeks on all kinds of con­di­tions and sur­faces to con­tinue the col­lec­tion of valu­able feed­back and data. After the Fin­land test, it was very im­por­tant for us to take a short break back at the fac­tory in or­der to re­view and eval­u­ate the work done so far as the sched­ule will be even busier from now on.’’

The Hyundai Mo­tor­sport team trav­elled from Ger­many to France in mid-Septem­ber and then onto the south of Spain to test the car at al­ti­tude with both Bryan Bouffier and Juho Hän­ni­nen be­hind-the­wheel of a brand new i20 WRC.

‘‘This car is sim­i­lar in spec­i­fi­ca­tion to the one we used in Fin­land in Au­gust, but it does fea­ture a cou­ple of new el­e­ments,’’ Nan­dan said.

‘‘High al­ti­tude is one of the chal­lenges we’ll have to over­come next year in the FIA World Rally Cham­pi­onship, es­pe­cially in Mex­ico where the stages go up to 2500 m above sea level.

‘‘The per­for­mance of the car can be af­fected un­der th­ese con­di­tions so the aim of this test was to study the en­gine be­hav­iour and mon­i­tor the im­pact on the en­gine power.

‘‘We also took the op­por­tu­nity to keep on work­ing on gravel set-up so­lu­tions and com­plete some good mileage with the car,’’ Nan­dan said.

Hyundai Mo­tor­sport’s test pro­gramme will con­tinue over the next three months as the chal­lenge in next year’s WRC be­gins in just over 100 days.

To get into a road-ready Hyundai ve­hi­cle call into Shep­par­ton Hyundai, Be­nalla Rd. Or phone the show­room on 5822 5877.

The rig­or­ous test­ing will con­tinue as the chal­lenge in next year’s WRC be­gins in just over 100 days

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