Hyundai is the First to Reveal its Hybrid i20 N WRC Rally Car
Hybrid powertrain and a lot of other updates are requiredby Alina Moore, on
In order to prepare for an all-electric era, the 2022 World Rally Championship (WRC) will introduce a new set of technical regulations known as the "Rally1." For the first time in the WRC history, the Rally1 cars will use a hybrid drivetrain and they will have to travel in electric-only mode on specific road sections.
Hyundai is the first one to announce its Rally1 contender with a few weeks before the season’s start later this month. The car - the i20 N Rally1 - is based on the road-going version i20 N, but it has been developed from the ground up to accommodate the new hybrid setup.
According to the WRC rules, the i20 N Rally1’s powertrain combines a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with an e-motor supplied by Kreisel Electrics that will deliver an extra 134 horsepower.
The i20 N Rally1 is about 155 pounds heavier than the model it replaces, because of the hybrid powertrain. The 2022 season also requires for updated suspensions, modified dampers, hubs, and anti-roll bars. Also, liquid brake cooling is no longer allowed.
Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak will compete in all 13 rounds of the championship as the fulltime drivers, while Oliver Solberg and Dani Sordo will be sharing duties in a third car throughout the season.
Hyundai Motorsport Deputy Team Director Julien Moncet said: “We have welcomed the technical challenge of WRC’s new hybrid era. It promises to be a step into the unknown for every team, but we are confident we’ve done the best job possible with our Hyundai i20 N Rally1. The main objective has been to combine the internal combustion engine and the plug-in hybrid unit, getting all the components working together harmoniously within the chassis. We have carried out testing with the car in different scenarios on different terrain to gather as much real-time data as possible. Our simulation test in October put the car through a representative experience of a real rally weekend, and from that we’ve been able to further tune the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 ahead of its competitive debut. The car’s performance level will only really be known when we get to the rally stages against our competition.”