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    Hyundai's new-look 2022 WRC car breaks cover

    Hyundai Motorsport has revealed what is expected to be the final iteration of its 2022 Rally1 World Rally Championship challenger ahead of next year’s Monte Carlo season opener.

    Team boss Andrea Adamo said last week that its latest version of its Rally1 hybrid i20 would look "a lot different" with only the wheels a carry over component from its prototype car that has conducted the bulk of testing thus far.

    Hyundai has been busily working on the car at its Alzenau base in Germany, having elected to use a prototype mule to carry out its early test and development work of the new 100kW hybrid system.

    The new i20 has now broken cover as part of a six-day test that is currently being conducted in the Alsace region in France.

    Drivers Ott Tanak, Thierry Neuville and Oliver Solberg are on hand at the test, which has so far been conducted in snow and icy conditions.

    The i20 is sporting significantly different bodywork compared to the prototype that recently completed a rally simulation in Northern Italy in October.

    The rear wing is arguably the most noticeable change with the new version much more angular than the curved option used on the prototype. Likewise, the rear arches and bumper follow a similar angular design with the corners of the bumper no longer fitting flush and smooth beneath the rear lights.

    Images released from the team also highlight a new air intake before the rear arch, while they the front end has also had an overhaul with a new front bumper and wheel arch bodywork.

    Air intakes situated behind the rear window appear similar to the prototype while the wing mirrors have undergone a design overhaul.

    Vision posted on social media has captured the car running off the road and into a snow bank, but this is understood to have caused only a minor stoppage.

    Hyundai's outing arrives after a busy week for WRC teams as rivals Toyota and M-Sport Ford conducted tests in France with its GR Yaris and Puma respectively.

    Toyota was forced to cut its test short after Elfyn Evans was involved in crash that prevented Sebastien Ogier from receiving his maiden run in a Rally1 hybrid machine.

    Meanwhile, nine-time WRC champion Sebastian Loeb jumped behind the wheel of the Puma for his second test as speculation continues regarding a possible return at the Monte Carlo Rally from 20-23 January.

    https://www.motorsport.com/wrc/news/...ally1-56257359

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    #8 Ott Tänak - Martin Järveoja #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by AMSS View Post
    Based on test videos so far I guess Hyundai are the only ones who plan in having all extra lights integrated, probably has a big aero influence to have them integrated (WRCwings surely can confirm), I have not seen similar from Ford/Toyota
    Right, the old rally cars lamp pods looked very nice... but their location was not, aerowise. Integrated in to the front bumper/bonnet, the drag is reduced and better (faster) airflow is sent over the entire car, making the rear wing more efficient.
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    This Hyundai reminds me of the Focus WRC03... It has the Loriaux touch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRodrigues View Post
    This Hyundai reminds me of the Focus WRC03... It has the Loriaux touch.
    Well the oversized rear bumper might have space for a surge tank ;-)

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    Let's think about this.

    Loriaux is so good..... , yet Msport decided to leave him out of the new car design/development. Hyundai only sign CL later.

    So.. , did Msport chose Chris Williams because they felt he was the better man to manage the design of a car fullstop? Or because he could design a better car (than CL could) under limited budget?

    Adamo has just mentioned how CL has been given a blank cheque to develop the new hyundai, yet he was sidelined by Msport....
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    Could be that Hyundai not just has given a blank check for the car development, but also much better personal salary... and also for a creative person much better to work when you dont have a limit for your 'masterpiece' so to say... so could be much more than msport just let him go ... maybe he just seen better options for him personally and posibility for more freedom to implement his ideas when money is not limited . Ok, just a speculation, but we dont know why/where etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by er88 View Post
    Loriaux is so good..... , yet Msport decided to leave him out of the new car design/development. Hyundai only sign CL later.

    ..
    From the interview with Loriaux (L) it seemed the story was like this:
    1. Williams (W) starts making the new car while L is busy with the racing cars
    2. (some time later)
    L joins the Rally1 Group and is responsible for some parts over some 6? months, but is not the main designer (W is)
    3. L leaves to Hyundai where he can design all parts of the car as he wants ( probably also with better budget)

    I don't see much need for speculation. L was at MSport also when 2017 car was designed and seemed to take no part in designing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    Well the oversized rear bumper might have space for a surge tank ;-)
    The rear bumper is weird indeed. those lumps to the left and right seem pretty useless to me.

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