Hyundai only wait­ing on aero for 2017 car

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Hyundai’s 2017 i20 WRC is near­ing com­ple­tion, with only the body­work and aero ex­pected to change sig­nif­i­cantly on the cur­rent test car.

The team was run­ning on gravel just be­fore Rally Ger­many be­fore switch­ing to more asphalt test­ing in France last week.

“We’re on the proper 2017 car now,” said Hyundai team principal Michel Nan­dan. “Or we have the proper car un­der­neath the body. The aero reg­u­la­tions were fixed at the start of July, so we are still fi­nal­is­ing this. But the trans­mis­sion, sus­pen­sion, ev­ery­thing is al­ready 2017-spec. We are happy with the way the test is go­ing.”

Asked when the fi­nal car would be pre­sented, Nan­dan said: “We are not rush­ing this right now. We have a car com­pet­ing for just one year with the cur­rent i20 WRC and we are happy to have some light on this one.”

Hyundai’s cur­rent car starred on Rally Ger­many, Nan­dan wants more of the same. He added: “If we have to com­pare where we are, we are in good pace and we are able to do good times. We show the per­for­mance of the car is there and this is good for the next events.”

This year’s Rally Aus­tralia was launched in Coffs Har­bour last week.the Novem­ber 17-20 New South Wales event runs as the fi­nal round of the WRC for the first time since 2005.

Gravel test be­fore Ger­many

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