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2022 Hyundai i20 N hybrid WRC race automobile revealed | Autocar India

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Revealed On Jan 12, 2022 05:58:00 PM

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The brand new plug-in hybrid Rally1 vehicles use a 100kW electrical motor coupled with a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

Hyundai has proven its new i20 N-based hybrid rally racer for the upcoming 2022 World Rally Championship (WRC). The i20 N Rally1 relies on the i20 N street automobile, with Hyundai saying the WRC model will “additional cement the hyperlink between motorsport and Hyundai’s manufacturing automobile know-how, because the crew targets extra victories and championship titles in 2022.”

  • WRC switches to hybrid energy this yr
  • The hybrid vehicles use 100 p.c fossil-free gasoline
  • Neuville, Tanak, Solberg and Sordo will drive for Hyundai

New WRC hybrid period

This yr will mark a significant transition for the championship because it ushers in its new hybrid period. The brand new plug-in hybrid Rally1 vehicles are designed round an upgraded security cell chassis and use 100 p.c fossil-free gasoline. There’s a 100kW electrical motor that when coupled with a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine will increase peak efficiency to over 500hp.

These new vehicles are roughly 70kg heavier than their predecessors and now have lowered suspension journey, lowered aerodynamics and no trick centre differentials.

Hyundai i20 N Rally1

Together with the plain technical modifications, the i20 N Rally1 additionally encompasses a barely revised model of Hyundai’s conventional blue and orange livery. The crew carried out a good portion of its early testing on a prototype, whereas the newest iteration was examined solely began late final yr.

The i20 N Rally1 will compete in opposition to hybrid challengers from the likes of reigning champions Toyota Gazoo Racing and even M-Sport Ford.

“We now have carried out testing with the automobile in several situations on totally different terrain to assemble as a lot real-time information as attainable,” mentioned Julien Moncet, Hyundai Motorsport’s deputy crew director. “Our simulation take a look at in October put the automobile by way of a consultant expertise of an actual rally weekend, and from that we’ve been in a position to additional tune the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 forward of its aggressive debut. The automobile’s efficiency stage will solely actually be recognized once we get to the rally levels in opposition to our competitors.”

Hyundai 2022 WRC driver line-up

The crew will discipline 4 pairs of drivers in three vehicles. Thierry Neuville and co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe, together with 2019 WRC champion Ott Tanak and co-driver Martin Jarveoja will compete in all 13 rounds.

Oliver Solberg will share driving duties within the third automobile with skilled Spaniard Dani Sordo. Solberg will probably be co-driven by Elliott Edmondson, whereas Sordo begins his ninth season as a Hyundai Motorsport driver alongside Candido Carrera.

The i20 N Rally1 will make its aggressive debut on the season opening Rallye Monte-Carlo on January 20-23.

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