- Hyundai Motorsport customers will be able to take advantage of a more powerful i20 R5 in 2018, due to the ongoing development work on the car.
- The introduction of variable valve timing to the 1.6 litre engine marks the final ‘joker’ available in the two years following the i20 R5’s initial homologation.
- The modifications are the product of extensive testing completed by the Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing department throughout 2017 in support of our existing customers.
- Hyundai Motorsport’s i20 R5 customers will be able to call on a more powerful, responsive car this season, thanks to the continued work of the engineers within the team’s Customer Racing department.
The improvements are the latest product of tireless development and testing since the design made its competitive debut in September 2016.
The main developments brought to the car for the 2018 season are an uprated powerplant, introducing variable valve timing, and new engine map. Together the refinements gather more power from the 1.6 litre engine, as well as greater throttle response due to a reworked ALS strategy. The arrival of the changes marks the use of the final ‘joker’ available on the i20 R5 in its first two years of competition. However, they are not the only modifications to be made to the car for the coming season.
The changes are the result of extensive, on-going testing, as well as the department’s engineers work to support customer teams on events throughout Europe. Their work has allowed them to hone several crucial areas of the chassis, improving both the power and the handling of the i20 R5. These include new specifications of dampers for both tarmac and gravel settings, as well as a wider range of differential ramps for the car, allowing customers to harness greater performance from the i20 R5 as they seek to be competitive in their respective championships.
The latest developments will be fitted to all brand-new i20 R5 delivered following the March 1 homologation date. Existing customers, meanwhile, will be able to apply the changes to their cars from the same date as they prepare for their 2018 campaigns.
The recent winter months have been a busy period for the Customer Racing department. After claiming three titles during its first full season of competition interest in the i20 R5 has remained high, with an ever-increasing number on the stages. Customers in Portugal, Ireland and Paraguay are among those impressed enough by the i20 R5 to purchase cars to run in their respective national championships this year. Last weekend the Paraguayan crew, Hyundai Motorsport’s first customers in South America, took a sensational victory on their debut event with the car.
In our efforts with the i20 R5 and our customers we are always aiming to make sure they can compete at the very front of whatever championship they choose. The rapid pace of development within the R5 category means that we constantly have to be working in order to guarantee this. These latest improvement are the most important we have made since the car’s debut, and will allow our customers to again challenge for rally wins and championship titles around the world. This season our customers are competing in a wider range of championships, so we have to make sure we continue our work in order for them to be on the pace in all conditions.Andrea AdamoHyundai Motorsport Customer Racing department manager