The Hyundai driver has been testing the Korean marque’s i20 2022 prototype in fresh weeks, adjusting to the brand new challenges of riding with an most foremost 100kW hybrid method.
Neuville has been particularly outspoken towards the WRC’s new Rally1 guidelines, which introduces hybrid as well to lowered aerodynamic and suspension scoot, while the centre differential will seemingly be removed.
The Belgian closing month blasted the WRC’s future direction, remarking that it changed into once a “pity” that “nobody has the balls to use varied choices and depart towards what the FIA is deciding”.
Even supposing the vehicles will seemingly be stripped help in areas, they also will seemingly be significant safer courtesy of a significant more difficult chassis and when hybrid is deployed vehicles will make 500 horsepower, critically extra than the most in style expertise of WRC equipment that has been in service since 2017.
While Hyundai’s prototype is much from the achieved product, Neuville says the expertise of riding with hybrid to this point has been very unpredictable because of the the focus required on getting higher energy below braking to make use of on acceleration.
When asked for his feedback on riding the Rally1 automobile in a media briefing ahead of this weekend’s Rally Spain, Neuville talked about: “It’s System E riding on a rally highway.
“It’s very early to notify the tactic in which it would be. Many things are no longer working yet as they must be with the hybrid method, to earn real feedback would possibly be very bright.
“For me to this point, it would be a change [of driving style].
“The arrangement is that it is far a must to increase energy below braking to be in a position to discharge the [hybrid power] in acceleration. Must you don’t attain the arrangement below braking, you would possibly maybe maybe no longer occupy extra energy on the exit, which makes the total thing inconsistent and unpredictable.
Hyundai I20 N WRC Rally1
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“On the identical time, while you attain your arrangement and you escape and you grasp once the throttle, you lose your total energy you occupy available. It’s very is inconsistent to this point.
“Now we occupy got to earn extra ahead with the testing, there are too many things that are no longer certain yet.
“I occupy no thought if anybody goes to be a great fan of the first versions of this new automobile. The handiest thing that is bright is nobody knows the effect we are going and what to anticipate from next twelve months.”
Pertaining to this weekend’s penultimate round of the 2021 WRC in Spain, Neuville is assured he will seemingly be in a position to scenario for victory following a disappointing Rally Finland that resulted in retirement because of a water leak.
Neuville kicked off his Rally Spain by ending third quickest on Thursday’s shakedown, handiest 0.4s adrift of pacesetter Sebastien Ogier, who changed into once 0.2s faster than his Toyota teammate and title rival Elfyn Evans.
“In Finland it changed into once the first time I had a huge escape within the Hyundai there,” Neuville talked about.
“I deem I changed into once doing in actuality effectively. I changed into once going faster than Ogier and it changed into once simply Elfyn who did a hell of a rally.
“Craig Breen [in the third Hyundai] changed into once ranging from 11th or 10th when I changed into once third on the highway, there would possibly be no longer any such thing as a comparison.
“I’m no longer jumpy at all about our escape for this weekend. If the auto feels elegant and I’m glad we must be within the fight for victory.”