Hyundai Motorsport continued to test its i20 WRC car through the month of August. The 2014-spec i20 WRC car made its debut on the tarmac in France. And in Finland, it was subjected to a productive test on high-speed gravel conditions. For ten days, test drivers Bryan Bouffier and Juho Hänninen shared duties on tarmac before gravel specialist Hänninen took over in his home turf.
From August 12 to 16, Hyundai gathered data on the terrain in the Vosges region of France and had the latest iteration of the i20 WRC car driven on tarmac roads for the first time. Team Principal Michel Nandan said that they purposely used a broad test plan to define the base set-up for that surface. He said that they encountered no major issues and that they “completed good mileage.”
He pointed out that Bouffier and Hänninen gave them some valuable feedback, allowing them to focus on fine-tuning the individual components. He explained that it was “very positive tarmac debut.” Bouffier said that because of the intensive tests, the team got a “very good base” that they can develop further.
He also said that the roads in the Vosges region permitted them to evaluate several key components and to spot the characteristics of the i20 WRC on tarmac. He especially liked how the car behaved in the fast sections and on bumpy areas. He described the car as “very well balanced and easy to handle” but that they will continue to work on other areas. [source: Hyundai]