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2013-05-27 14:24

PUT THROUGH ITS PACES: Hyundai has eight months to prepare its i20 for the FIA World Rally championship. Image: Newspress

ALZENAU, Germany - After an intensive few months of preparation at its Alzenau headquarters, Hyundai Motorsport has taken the i20 WRC out of the workshop and onto the road at the start of its testing programme.

The car ran for the first time during on a private testing ground in mid-May 2013. With the aim of checking the car’s systems as the team ramps up its test schedule ahead of an entry in the FIA World Rally championship in 2014, Hyundai Motorsport claims its technical team completed the roll-out without encountering any particular issues.

AMBITIOUS TARGET

While all key areas of the car’s performance were evaluated, there was a major focus on the i20 WRC’s 1.6-litre turbocharged engine as part of the continuing development programme for the powertrain.

With an ambitious target to meet in a short period of time (eight months), the testing programme is to ensure Hyundai arrives at Rallye Monte Carlo in January fully prepared for the challenge.

The programme will continue for the rest of the year (2013) and will involve the assessment and development of the i20 WRC in all of the terrains and conditions expected in World Rally championship.

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