Hyundai’s functionality-concentrated N division will endeavor to climb back again to the leading place of the Entire world Rally Championship (WRC) podium with a new race car or truck. Loosely associated to the i20 N, the hatchback attributes a hybrid powertrain to comply with the new set of rallying regulations.

“We have welcomed the technical challenge of WRC’s new hybrid period. It promises to be a significant move into the mysterious for each and every workforce,” mentioned Julien Moncet, the team’s deputy director, in a statement. Weight and dependability problems were being some of the hurdles that engineers required to obvious throughout growth. Tests on a wide selection of surfaces started off in May 2021, and the i20 N Rally1 is completely ready to go racing.

Electricity therefore comes from a plug-in hybrid powertrain crafted around a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The system’s complete output hasn’t been released, but we know that the engine is fundamentally the exact same one that run the previous i20 N rally automobile and that the electric powered motor’s output is capped at 134 horsepower. The 3.9-kilowatt-hour battery pack is located in a sealed carbon fiber situation and set up in the back of the auto, close to the rear axle. This positioning works perfectly from a security standpoint and it aids with weight distribution.

Only a identify and a imprecise silhouette website link the Rally1-spec i20 N to the road-authorized design that goes up towards the Ford Fiesta ST in several world wide marketplaces. The race vehicle is much wider than its common-manufacturing counterpart, and it receives the typical assortment of wings, scoops, and vents, such as a pair of intakes positioned powering the rear aspect home windows to channel cooling air to the battery pack.

Hyundai’s i20 N will make its rallying debut at the 2022 version of the Monte-Carlo Rally, which starts January 17 and finishes six times later. It will require to fend off competition from the tiny but mighty Toyota GR Yaris and the Ford Puma Rally1, which is based on a crossover.