Inside Hyundai’s radical approach to prepare for the WRC hybrid era
As the World Rally Championship undergoes its biggest shift in regulations for a generation, teams are taking radical measures to prepare for its new era. Hyundai's unique approach involved conducting a private 1500km rally in Italy and Motorsport.com went to see how the team is preparing for 2022
"So far we have already won a rally with the 2022 car."
Those are the words of Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo, delivered with a beaming grin as his team get to work servicing the i20 Rally1 prototype at BRC Racing Team's commandeered headquarters in northern Italy, after a series of asphalt stages.
Although said under a veil of humour, Adamo is technically correct as Hyundai has undertaken a unique approach to prepare for the World Rally Championship's new Rally1 era by conducting a private 1500km three-day rally in Italy's Piedmont region - with its 2022 hybrid prototype that will form the bedrock for next year's voyage into the unknown.
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