HYUNDAI TESTING HITS FEVER PITCH
Hyundai has entered the final phase of its 2017 development, with the focus shifting to suspension and transmission set-up at its test in Spain last week.
Kevin Abbring, Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon drove the test New Generation i20 WRC for four days on gravel. The team’s other driver Thierry Neuville was absent from the test – as he has been from all 2017 testing ( see story below).
Loose surface running will now dominate Hyundai’s programme until it turns its attention to a pre-event test for the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally in the French Alps.
Team principal Michel Nandan told MN: “Although there are still some small evolutions on both chassis and engine which will come later in the year, this specification of the car is already quite close to the one we will run in the WRC next year.
“In the next tests we will try some further improvements on the engine side. The car also featured an updated aero package.
“We started with Tarmac testing in August and we will continue in October, meanwhile we will continue to focus on gravel development to prepare the beginning of the season before switching back to Tarmac in December to prepare for Monte Carlo [next January].”
In the middle of getting next year’s car ready, Hyundai Motorsport is also busy preparing for its busiest event ever – next week’s Tour of Corsica, where Abbring will give the i20 R5 its debut.
“This will be a proud moment for everybody involved in Hyundai Motorsport,” Nandan added.