Hyundai Motorsport team principal Andrea Adamo has revealed that an all-new i20 Rally1 will break cover at the end of next month.
As is the case with M-Sport Ford’s 2022 program, Hyundai’s early testing has been completed with a test mule – essentially a current four-door car with hybrid componentry or ballast bolted in.
All of that will change in late October or early November when the 2022 i20 will be deployed in testing for the first time.
Adamo said: “We put this prototype together just to take us to the dirt and to make some experience.
“I told my people to design a not nice bodywork to start testing with and they did this properly. For sure this is not the last bodywork we will use in Monte Carlo, so don’t get worried about that.
“We are making a brand-new car – end of October I think we can see it [testing].”
Adamo admitted his squad had some ground to make up on M-Sport and Toyota.
“I don’t know how far ahead or behind, I don’t know where are the others.
“We are testing. It’s useless to deny we started behind the others, but this is not something we are worried about – we are catching up quite fast.
“There are many things to learn.”