Hyundai Motorsport, the racing division of the Hyundai Motor Group, released the first image of the 2022 i20 Rally1 World Rally Championship (WRC) prototype. The heavily camouflaged WRC hatchback was driven over rough gravel in southern France as part of an intense program. based in Europe using a hybrid powertrain.
The Hyundai i20 Rally1 will run hybrid in 2022, which is in line with the WRC’s announcement earlier this year that several of its competitors will switch to hybrid engines starting next year. Since 2019, the event series has been working toward transition.
Speaking of the Hyundai i20 Rally1 car, team leader Andrea Adamo said: “This is a special moment when you drive on the road for the first time and as always for our challenge: for our challenger from Rally1 2022. It will start from the beginning. , it will adopt completely new rules, different concepts, and a new base model: i20N.
Exciting start testing and this exciting new adventure begin. “The 2022 Hyundai i20 Rally1 Challenger is based on the i20 N Line road version. Interestingly, Hyundai did not use a traditional hybrid power system and chose to use a plug-in hybrid powertrain in the Rally1 race car, which means the battery needs to be used in addition to the internal combustion engine.
It also means that the i20 Rally1 can only be driven by electric vehicles. In 2022, the Hyundai i20 Rally1 prototype passed a full test and was first demonstrated in a private test factory in Germany. The main technical characteristics of the car and the experience of the racing team in recent seasons.
Andrea Adamo added: “We have seen some interesting things, some of which need to be changed and improved, but this is part of the whole process and the job. The team did a great job and worked hard to get the car ready for the first test in no time.
Of course, we have just started a long journey, but I think we still have an interesting moment before the Monte Carlo Rally 2022. It is used to evaluate new challengers in different terrains and conditions.