Hyundai reaches 'new highs' in testing with i20 WRC

Michel Nandan: The car used [in Spain and France] was the same specification to the one we used in Finland in August but it features a couple of new elements
Bryan Bouffier and Juho Hanninen resumed testing with the brand new Hyundai i20 WRC last week, as the team ran at high altitude for the very first time.

The gravel test took place in the South of Spain and followed a three-day tarmac test in France earlier this month.

“For the last couple of months we've tested every two weeks on all kinds of conditions and surfaces to continue the collection of valuable feedback and data. After the Finland test [in the summer] though it was very important for us to take a short break back at the factory in order to review and evaluate the work done so far as the schedule will be even busier from now on,” explained Hyundai Motorsport team principal Michel Nandan.

“The car used [in Spain and France this month] was the same specification to the one we used in Finland in August but it features a couple of new elements,” Nandan continued.

“Altitude is one of the challenges we'll have to overcome next year in the FIA World Rally Championship especially in Mexico where the stages go up to 2500 metres," he added. "The performance of the car can be affected under these conditions so the aim on this test [in Spain] was to study the engine behaviour and monitor the impact on the engine power.

“We also took the opportunity to keep on working on gravel set-up solutions and do some good mileage with the car."

Hyundai's test programme will now continue unabated over the next months in the countdown to the 2014 WRC opener in Monte Carlo.

Tagged as: Spain , France , Hanninen , test , Bouffier , hyundai , i20 WRC , i20

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Hyundai i20 WRC tarmac test [Pic credit: Hyundai]
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October 01, 2013 1:32 PM

The car is looking really good now and there is a lot of testing going on, I think they will be right up there when they arrive in Monte Of course it all depends on driver selection, they could run with Sordo and Solberg which would give them huge experience, or Sordo and Ostberg, or Solberg and Ostberg giving the Team an all Norweigen Team, that could be good, I am excited for thier arrival


October 02, 2013 12:26 PM

Just to clarify, I am excited that another Team will soon join the championship, its healthy for the Sport, but specifically with Michael Nanden heading up the team they will be competetive unlike the last attempt. Yes the cars are not as fun to watch as they were in the 90s but they are what they are

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