As the start of the 2014 WRC season rapidly approaches, Hyundai is busy preparing for its big debut, testing its i20 WRC challenger for no less than 15 days and covering over 1000km on both gravel and tarmac.
October’s testing kicked off with a four-day gravel test in the south of Spain where the team continued to test the i20 WRC in warm weather conditions with both Juho Hänninen and Chris Atkinson taking turns behind the wheel. The team then moved to the Catalonia region for a five-day gravel test. This was followed by a tarmac test in Baumholder, Germany, home of the iconic Arena Panzerplatte, which forms part of Rallye Deutschland’s route.
In the final week, the team continued tarmac development in Catalonia on the roads of Rally de Espana, the penultimate round of the WRC, which was held last week.
Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Michel Nandan, said: “This month was exceptionally busy for us. We were out testing the i20 WRC on both surfaces for more than half of the month, with our three test drivers swapping the seat on four separate test sessions. We now have two latest-spec i20 WRC cars, which allows us to further intensify the development schedule by alternating between the two chassis. Overall, it was a positive month as we managed to test new parts, try different set-up solutions and cover some good mileage with the car.”