Hyundai will not invest in the next WRC regulations for 2025

The team principal of Hyundai Motorsport, Cyril Abiteboul, says that his team will not spend one euro or one kilometre of test on the new WRC cars and reveals that they are only experimenting on the simulator instead of physical testing.

The next two years will be a transition period for World Rally Championship as FIA decided to remove the plug-in systems from the current Rally1 cars, but their performance will still be up compared to the Rally2 cars. In addition to that, a reduction in the aero, which is basically related to a modified rear wing, and a smaller air restrictor mean that the 2025-spec cars will be less stable and driveable due to the fewer downforce in comparison with the current Rally1 cars, but more details for the regulations of 2025 will be announced on June 11 as the World Motor Council will take place in that date. Finally, it must be mentioned that Toyota brought a 2025-spec Yaris during its preparations for Croatia Rally and Elfyn Evans stated that he did not enjoy driving it at all.

"Let’s be honest, it would impact massively", Abiteboul said. 

"But we really don’t have the resources or the appetite to cover all possible bases.

"So rather than trying to do a bit of everything – which is never good in motorsport – we’ve decided consciously to make an assumption and to focus 100% of our resources on the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid.

"This means that we are not spending one Euro, one hour of design office time or one kilometre of test time in relation to the alternative regulation.

"I think everyone has seen that Toyota has been experimenting with the regulation. 

"Yes, we’ve run a bit of simulation, but that’s it. 

"Absolutely no physical testing, no car production whatsoever. 

"And we have no intent to change".


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