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Hyundai Runs New Car in New Zealand

HYUNDAI WILL CAMPAIGN NEW KIT CAR EVO II VERSION AT RNZ. Hyundai will campaign a new Coupe Kit Car Evolution II version at Rally New Zealand, the 9th round of the World Rally Championship, after the FIA the world governing body of motorsport gave...

HYUNDAI WILL CAMPAIGN NEW KIT CAR EVO II VERSION AT RNZ. Hyundai will campaign a new Coupe Kit Car Evolution II version at Rally New Zealand, the 9th round of the World Rally Championship, after the FIA the world governing body of motorsport gave special permission.

The car, due to be formally approved on August 1, four days after the end of Rally New Zealand, looks externally similar to the car which fist appeared in this 12 months, but is subtly different with signficant technical changes.

"New Zealand is considered an ideal event to debut rally cars as our roads are smooth and clean and rely more on driver skill", said the Clerk of Course, Graeme Robertson. "In fact our event rates with the very best in the world as a driver event".

Firstly the bodywork has been increased in overall width by 40mm with reshaped front panels allowing better air inlet.

"We understand they increased the area under the wheel arches and improved aerodynamics for better handling characteristics," said Robertson.

Careful changes have been made to body styling to remove some of the visual "plainness" of the previous Evolution I.

"Hyundai got advice for these style changes from Peter Stevens, who previously had shaped the Subaru Impreza World Rally Car", said Robetson.

The second major change to the Hyundai is less visible with a revision to suspension in order to take advantage of the wheel arch development after special form world renowned Pilbeam Racing Development.

"The many racing development organisations are not well known in New Zealand, but those involved in international rallying are leaders in car design and development", said Robertson.

Some of the most intriguing changes are the re-design of the rear aileron and changes to the gear ratios.

Two cars will be flown to New Zealand for the world class driver, Kenneth Eriksson and top Australian competitor, Wayne Bell.

"It is very important for Hyundai to run these new cars in a competitive form as soon as possible, which is why we have applied for special consent to run in New Zealand", said David Whitehead, Managing Director of MSD, the British company who prepare the Hyundai world rally cars". Also it helps us logistically to start the Evolution II works car at this time".

Sportsweb (NZ) Ltd. Sport Website Specialists http://www.sportsweb.co.nz

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