The South Korean marque’s i20 N got here below scrutiny from its drivers throughout final weekend’s Rally Estonia because the workforce was unable to match the tempo of the front-running Toyotas.
A late determination to decide to the new-for-2022 Rally1 hybrid laws has left Hyundai enjoying catch-up to its rivals Toyota and M-Sport Ford, with the workforce admitting that it’s behind with the event of its i20 N.
The automotive has proven glimpses of outright tempo, with Ott Tanak successful Rally Sardinia in June however a sequence of reliability issues have plagued the season.
The workforce had been optimistic heading into Estonia, and whereas severe reliability points had been averted, drivers reported an absence of grip and stability, which restricted the squad from taking up the Toyotas.
Tanak acknowledged that there have been “basic issues that did not go proper” with the automotive’s growth earlier than its debut on the Monte Carlo Rally in January.
Hyundai deputy workforce director Julien Moncet has acknowledged the complaints from his drivers and says a overview will likely be undertaken to grasp find out how to enhance the i20 N.
The workforce does have entry to homologation jokers, which act as tokens, that WRC groups can use to enhance homologated elements of their automobiles. These, nevertheless, can solely be utilized in sure intervals of the season.
Moncet says the workforce is but to make use of any of its 5 jokers designated for growing the chassis and transmission space.
“The one constructive level of this weekend is that the automobiles made it to the tip with out main reliability points in comparison with another races, and particularly Kenya, so it’s fairly an achievement so we might be happy with that,” Moncet instructed Motorsport.com.
Oliver Solberg, Elliott Edmondson, Hyundai World Rally Crew Hyundai i20 N Rally1
Picture by: Vincent Thuillier / Hyundai Motorsport
“Truthfully heading into Estonia I used to be fairly optimistic. I assumed we may struggle for the win as a result of we now have had some good efficiency on gravel and we now have good energy on the quick straights.
“We even have Ott as certainly one of our drivers so I used to be considering we had a superb mixture to struggle for the win, however clearly we’re removed from that and also you solely have to take a look at the outcomes.
“I’ve to agree there are some primary parts of the automotive that we now have to overview, some might be addressed with out jokers, however the huge ones want multiple joker I assume.
“We’ll want a while to make it occur and we now have to grasp which route we have to go. That’s possibly the very first thing we have to ask ourselves.
“The drivers had been complaining concerning the stability of the automotive and there have been another complaints, however they aren’t simple issues to alter.
“We’ve quite a lot of work and growth to do and hopefully we are able to do it as quickly as attainable. We should verify what we are able to do inside the homologation laws.
“We’ve all the time be working behind time and we now have had quite a lot of reliability points, and now we are able to see we have to push extra on growth.”
Hyundai is planning to move to its new Finland check base this week to work on growing its i20 N forward of subsequent month’s Rally Finland.
“We’ll go to our base within the subsequent days to work on our growth and arrange for Finland,” he added.
“I do know a number of the opponents won’t do a check earlier than Finland, we’ll. It is going to be to once more put together the arrange for the following race and we’ll attempt to perceive which route we now have to go to transform the basics of the automotive.”