Hyundai is continuing to test the new gen Hyundai i20 WRC car, which will make its debut in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship. Hyundai Motorsport team’s test driver Kevin Abbring and his co-driver Sebastian Marshall together with Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul recently completed a four-day testing of the new car in the Spanish region of Almeria. The focus was on the engine and chassis development, as well as altitude testing as the car has been upgraded compared to the version used in previous tests.
Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: "We had a very detailed week of testing planned in Spain recently, as we put an upgraded version of our New Generation i20 WRC through its paces in the Almeria region. Kevin and Thierry worked on engine and chassis development, as well as altitude tests, which will help us to further develop the car as we move through 2015. We had hoped to introduce the new car later this season but unfortunately an issue with the homologation schedule - related to production of the three-door road version – will delay our programme. We have therefore opted to continue focus on the five-door version of the New Generation i20 WRC which will compete at Rallye Monte-Carlo next year. This revised schedule gives us extra time to ensure the car is where we want it to be performance-wise. At the same time, the current Hyundai i20 WRC will undergo a number of important updates which we hope will keep us in the fight for podiums this season."
The current Hyundai i20 WRC cars will also get a series of further upgrades in a bid to help the team fight for podiums in the remaining rallies of 2015.