Group boss Andrea Adamo confirmed final week that its newest model of its Rally1 hybrid i20 would look “rather a lot totally different” with solely the wheels a carry over part from its prototype automobile that has performed the majority of testing to this point.
Hyundai has been busily engaged on the automobile at its Alzenau base in Germany having elected to make use of a prototype mule to hold out its early take a look at and improvement work of the brand new 100kW hybrid system.
The brand new i20 has now damaged cowl as a part of a six-day take a look at that’s presently being performed within the Alsace area in France.
Drivers Ott Tanak, Thierry Neuville and Oliver Solberg are readily available on the take a look at, which has up to now been performed in snow and icy circumstances.
The i20 is sporting considerably totally different bodywork in comparison with the prototype that not too long ago accomplished a rally simulation in Northern Italy in October.
The rear wing is arguably probably the most noticeable change with the brand new model rather more angular than the curved possibility used on the prototype. Likewise, the rear arches and bumper observe the same angular design with the corners of the bumper not becoming flush and easy beneath the taillights.
Photographs launched from the workforce additionally spotlight a brand new air consumption earlier than the rear arch, whereas they the entrance finish has additionally had an overhaul with a brand new entrance bumper and wheel arch bodywork.
Hyundai i20 Rally1
Photograph by: Hyundai
Air intakes located behind the rear window seem much like the prototype whereas the wing mirrors have undergone a design overhaul.
Imaginative and prescient posted on social media has captured the automobile working off the highway and right into a snow financial institution, however that is understood to have induced solely a minor stoppage.
Hyundai’s outing arrives after a busy week for WRC groups as rivals Toyota and M-Sport Ford performed exams in France with its GR Yaris and Puma respectively.
Toyota was pressured to chop its take a look at brief after Elfyn Evans was concerned in crash that prevented Sebastien Ogier from receiving his maiden run in a Rally1 hybrid machine.
In the meantime, nine-time WRC champion Sebastian Loeb jumped behind the wheel of the Puma for his second take a look at as hypothesis continues concerning a doable return on the Monte Carlo Rally from 20-23 January.