ERC A FULL 2016
Hyundai Motorsport’s New Generation i20 R5 grabs attention at the Ypres Rally.
Hyundai Motorsport continued to develop the New Generation i20 R5 in Belgium, with five days of running in changeable conditions
The Customer Racing department completed over 400km of testing, half of which came as VIP Car on the demanding stages of the Ypres Rally
The team enjoyed high levels of interest from the rallying community at the event, which marked the car’s first public appearance.
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing
25 June 2016
June 25, 2016 – Hyundai Motorsport’s New Generation i20 R5 completed a trouble-free weekend at the Ypres Rally (June 22-25), the event marking the first public appearance of the new car.
The Customer Racing department took advantage of five days of running in western Belgium, ending with the New Generation i20 R5 taking on the role of VIP Car for the rally, the fifth round of this year’s European Rally Championship (ERC). The time on the stages allowed the team to continue the development of the car with high speed runs on narrow roads typical of the famous event.
The team arrived at the Ypres Rally after two days of testing around the Flanders city. The gathering of rallying media for the weekend gave the Customer Racing department the opportunity to introduce the press to the New Generation i20 R5. Journalists were given first-hand experience of the car’s capabilities from the co-driver’s seat alongside Kevin Abbring on a short stage.
Carrying the livery chosen from the entries of last month’s competition the New Generation i20 R5 was an unmissable presence on the stages and in the Service Park. The car immediately gathered plenty of attention from fans, media and potential customers alike who were all interested to see the car perform at an event for the first time.
In changeable conditions across the five days the New Generation i20 R5 completed over 400km, half at the head of the ERC field. The running continued to expand the range of locations the Customer Racing department have tested on, with the fast, narrow roads and deep cuts of the unique Ypres Rally stages placing unique demands on a car’s handling transmission and handling characteristics.
The excitement around the New Generation i20 R5 for the weekend was an obvious positive, and added to the programme’s building momentum towards the planned homologation. However, the team’s focus remained on continuing their work, developing Hyundai Motorsport’s first car designed for customers.
Customer Racing Manager Andrea Adamo said: “The New Generation i20 R5 is a very important project for Hyundai Motorsport so it was great to see all the interest in the car throughout the weekend at the Ypres Rally. To feel the excitement there is in the rallying community for our car is really encouraging. Of course, though, our appearance on the stages was all about continuing the development of the car. This event is always an exciting rally, and this year certainly didn’t disappoint. We are very happy with the performance of the car compared to the fastest crews in the rally. That our car completed the weekend trouble-free and with competitive times is a testament to the quality of the car we have produced. The results of the weekend, together with the feedback from Kevin, will allow us to better focus our development as we aim to make the most of the remaining time we have before our customers will take the New Generation i20 R5 out to compete.”
About Hyundai Motorsport GmbH
Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities and primarily for its World Rally Championship programme. Based in Alzenau on the outskirts of Frankfurt in Germany, the company embarked on its debut season in the FIA World Rally Championship in 2014 with a bespoke team of skilled staff and a brand new car, the Hyundai i20 WRC. The team made a strong impression in its first year claiming podium results in Mexico and Poland, as well as a memorable 1-2 in Germany. In its second season, the team was involved in a closely fought battle for second place in the Manufacturers’ Championship, adding more podiums and stage wins to its tally. For its third season in WRC, Hyundai Motorsport has developed a brand new car, the New Generation i20 WRC, which made its rally debut with a podium finish in Rallye Monte-Carlo in January 2016. The team registered its first win with the new car in Rally Argentina, the fourth round of the season.
Further information about Hyundai Motorsport is available at: http://motorsport.hyundai.com
About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company, which leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars, offers top-quality best-sellers such as Elantra, Sonata and Genesis. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2015, sold 4.96 million vehicles globally. With more than 100,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell.
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