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Hyundai on a power trip: ‘Look out, WRC 2022!’…

…THIS COULD BE ON YOUR TAIL! Image: Hyundai

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Hyundai Motorsport says it’s powering into a new era of the World Rally championship with an i20 N Rally1 challenger and a four-crew line-up intent on delivering further success for the team in 2022.

The two-times Manufacturers’ champion says it has re-affirmed its commitment to WRC by embracing the new Rally1 hybrid regulations for the 2022 Monte over January 20-23.

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“The team has followed an intensive testing programme,” Hyundai told The Corner, “to develop its contender for its ninth season at the top of international rallying. It’s based on the Hyundai i20 N road car to emphasise the link between motorsport and our production car technology.”We want more victories, more championship titles, through 2022!”

Hyundai Motorsport’s president Scott Noh told The Corner: “We’re excited to be part of the hybrid era, to demonstrate Hyundai’s commitment to international motorsport. WRC puts the most technically advanced cars, driven and navigated by the best crews, on the world’s toughest stages,

TWO YEARS COMING: Al based on the Hyundai i20 N road car. Image: Hyundai

“We have a package for a third Manufacturers’ title to support crews toward Driver and Navigator titles, too.”

The i20 N Rally1 crews will be Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe and Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja – each keen to make an impression after mixed fortunes in 2021. Belgian Neuville has scored 15 WRC wins for Hyundai with Wydaeghe; Estonians Tanak and Jarveoja, going into their third campaign with the Alzenau-based team, also performed strongly during their first two seasons with the team – two wins, eight podium finishes – through 2020 and 2021.

A third Hyundai i20 N Rally1 will be shared for 2022 by Swedish star Oliver Solberg – stepping up to the team after showing pace in 2021 rounds – and Spaniard Dani Sordo. Solberg’s co-driver will be Elliott Edmondson; Sordo will start his ninth Hyundai season with Candido Carrera.

HYUNDAI’S 2022 WORLD RALLY CAR. Image: Hyundai

Each will tackle a 13-round calendar over the WRC’s usual mix of terrain – gravel, tar, snow, ice. Pablo Marcos, Hyundai Motorsport’s team manager, said: “We’re fortunate to have one of the most versatile crew line-ups. We hope the combination of Thierry, Ott, Oliver, Dani will add experience, youth, and passion to deliver results.”

Hyundai has been testing the Rally1 cars since May 2021 on various surfaces across Europe – products of the new regulations’ 1.6-litre internal combustion engine with a common plug-in hybrid unit – and experience built up by the team through eight WRC seasons.

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Julien Moncet, Hyundai Motorsport’s deputy team director, weighed in for The Corner: “We welcome the technical challenge of the hybrid era – a step into the unknown – and are confident the best job has been done

“The main objective – to harmonise an internal-combustion engine and a plug-in hybrid – was carried out on various terrains and through many simulations but the real performance will only be seen during a real rally weekend against competition.”

Crews will tackle a 13-round season; New Zealand and Japan will have a belated debut, having been forced to relinquish their events for the two seasons because of the Covid pandemic.

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Pablo Marcos, Hyundai Motorsport team manager, said: “We’re fortunate to have one of the most versatile crew line-ups in WRC to tackle one of the most eclectic calendars in recent years. We hope the unique combination of Thierry, Ott, Oliver and Dani will bring us the right mix of experience, youth, and passion to deliver the results we’ve worked so hard to achieve.”

While the new events will be welcomed by crews, the entire championship will be a bold step into the unknown with the introduction hybrid technology. Hyundai Motorsport has been testing Rally1 cars since May 2021 on varying surfaces across Europe.

DOES A WING LIKE THAT NEED A PRAYER? Image: Hyundai

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