Hyundai to de­but new i20 R5 car on Ypres ERC event with Ab­bring

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The Hyundai i20 R5 will run in pub­lic for the first time on the Ypres Rally later this month with Brit Seb Mar­shall co-driv­ing for Kevin Ab­bring.

While the new car won’t be ho­molo­gated, it will run un­der the ‘VIP car’ reg­u­la­tion – the same one which al­lowed M-sport’s Ford Fi­esta R5 to go head-to-head with Peu­geot’s 208 T16 R5 three years ago.

Af­ter close to 2,000 miles of test­ing, Hyundai’s Michel Nan­dan says the mo­ment has come to pitch the car into a com­pet­i­tive arena for the first time. While the i20 won’t ap­pear in the over­all clas­si­fi­ca­tion, times will be taken against the full gamut of R5 mo­tors present at the Euro­pean Rally Cham­pi­onship counter.

Nan­dan told MN: “It’s a good time to present the car and to do some more test­ing at the same time. Noth­ing is de­cided yet for the ho­molo­ga­tion: it could be Au­gust, it could be Septem­ber. What we have to do now is check the car and make sure it’s re­li­able.

“We don’t have the chance to make many jok­ers for the ho­molo­ga­tion, so it’s im­por­tant to be right [out of the box].”

i20 R5: set for Ypres

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