Hyundai Motorsport recently conducted an on-the-road testing of the newest Hyundai i20 WRC, fresh from its workshop at its Alzenau headquarters. After months of preparation, the latest Hyundai i20 WRC went into its first shakedown on a private testing ground in mid-May 2013. Hyundai Motorsport’s technical team completed the shakedown without any particular issue.
The test drive was done to check the i20 WRC’s systems as the team begins a tight test schedule to prepare for the FIA World Rally Championship in 2014. After the shakedown, Hyundai Motorsport then subjected the i20 WRC to its first comprehensive testing session, in which the team began working on different set-up solutions and obtained valuable data to be analyzed by Hyundai Motorsport’s engineers at its Alzenau base.
During the testing session, the team evaluated all key areas of the i20 WRC’s performance, but paid more attention to collecting feedback on the car’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine as part of the ongoing development program for the powertrain. The car covered a total of 550 kilometers over the three days of testing, allowing the team to build the knowledge base of testing data from which to prepare its entry to the 2014 WRC.
Since the team only has eight months to prepare an entry for the WRC, the comprehensive testing program is aimed at ensuring that Hyundai Motorsport is fully prepared when the race begins at Rallye MonteCarlo in January 2014. The testing program will continue for the rest of 2013 and will entail the assessment and development of the i20 WRC in all terrains and conditions expected in World Rally Championship.