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Trevor Collett | Oct, 01 2013 | 1 Comment

Hyundai Motorsport has stepped up testing of its i20 WRC in preparation for the 2014 World Rally Championship, which kicks off in just over 100 days.

Last month the i20 was put through its paces on tarmac surfaces in France. The team has now recently completed a round of high altitude testing on gravel roads in southern Spain.

Team Principal for Hyundai Motorsport, Michel Nandan, explained that the testing schedule is set to be even busier as the year draws to a close.

“For the last couple of months we’ve tested every two weeks on all kinds of conditions and surfaces to continue the collection of valuable feedback and data,” Mr Nandan said.

“After a test in Finland, it was very important for us to take a short break back at the factory in order to review and evaluate the work done so far as the schedule will be even busier from now on.”

Hyundai Motorsport team drivers Bryan Bouffier and Juho Hänninen were behind-the-wheel of the brand new i20 WRC in Spain.

“This car is similar in specification to the one we used in Finland in August, but it does feature a couple of new elements,” Nandan said.

“High altitude is one of the challenges we’ll have to overcome next year in the FIA World Rally Championship, especially in Mexico where the stages go up to 2,500 metres above sea level.”

The team attempted to simulate conditions from the high altitude Mexican rally during the tests, while fine-tuning the handling set-up for gravel surfaces.

The FIA recently signed off on the 2014 WRC calendar, with the first round beginning in Monte Carlo on January 19.

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