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Country of origin:South Korea
Produced in:2016
Source:Company press release
Last updated:February 01, 2016
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Click here to download printer friendly versionHyundai Motorsport's new R5 rally car is on track for its scheduled summer 2016 release after a positive roll-out and the vehicle's debut test last week.

The first run was carried out by the team's test and development driver Kevin Abbring in the Fontjoncouse test base in southern France last week and will continue in various locations until summer this year when homologation of the new car will be initiated.

Hyundai Motorsport's R5 is based on the five-door New Generation i20 like the WRC - which has already seen success in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) - and, in accordance with FIA regulations, features a 1.6 direct injection turbo engine with 32mm restrictor and a five-speed sequential gearbox and differential units.

The car is the first project to be undertaken by Hyundai Motorsport's Customer Project division, established in September 2015, whose objective is to enhance Hyundai's motorsport image around the world - in parallel to the company's WRC involvement. The new R5 programme will develop a product that fully utilises all the technology, learning and experience gathered from two full seasons in the competitive World Rally Championship and to offer Hyundai customers a competitive vehicle to contest WRC2 and national and regional rally Championships around the world.

Hyundai Motorsport's Customer Project division is headed up by Italian Andrea Adamo, who was appointed in December, and consists of a 25-strong team who will now enter an intensive period of testing and development to prepare a reliable car for use by semi-professional and amateur drivers in competitions worldwide.

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