Second-Generation Hyundai WRC Car Spied Testing
While claiming that they are in no rush to get it to competition, Hyundai have begun testing the new version of the i20 WRC car.
It was revealed by AUTOSPORT in July that Hyundai was unlikely to have the replacement car ready for the start of the 2015 WRC season.
The new model, which is actually based on the current road model, was given its first real test by Bryan Bouffier in September.
Team boss Michel Nandan said that there is no bigger moment than when a new car gets out on the road for the first time.
He went on to say that the development of the vehicle has been ongoing for quite some time now, and that the first prototype was a big step forward.
He added that the experience and data that the team gained during their inaugural season helped them develop the new car.
The replacement WRC i20 is going to be completely different from the current model. It will be longer, lower, and wider, and it will run on a new platforms. A new engine, transmission, and other components will also be added.
Hyundai’s first win in the WRC came in Germany in August. Thierry Neuville took the checkered flag ahead of Dani Sordo for a one-two finish.
Nandan said that Hyundai would continue to use the current i20 model for as long as it takes to get the new one ready.
He reiterated the company line that there was no rush, and that the new car would only be used when they feel it is totally ready for competition.
The development is still very much in the early phases, with a lot more testing to come through the end of this year and on into 2015.