The Hyundai driver has been testing the Korean marque’s i20 2022 prototype in latest weeks, adjusting to the brand new challenges of driving with a compulsory 100kW hybrid system.
Neuville has been particularly outspoken towards the WRC’s new Rally1 rules, which introduces hybrid along with lowered aerodynamic and suspension journey, whereas the centre differential can be eliminated.
The Belgian last month blasted the WRC’s future direction, remarking that it was a “pity” that “no person has the balls to take completely different selections and go towards what the FIA is deciding”.
Though the vehicles will likely be stripped again in areas, they are going to be a lot safer courtesy of a a lot more durable chassis and when hybrid is deployed vehicles will produce 500 horsepower, considerably greater than the present era of WRC equipment that has been in service since 2017.
Whereas Hyundai’s prototype is way from the completed product, Neuville says the expertise of driving with hybrid thus far has been very unpredictable because of the focus required on recovering vitality underneath braking to make use of on acceleration.
When requested for his suggestions on driving the Rally1 automotive in a media briefing forward of this weekend’s Rally Spain, Neuville mentioned: “It’s Method E driving on a rally highway.
“It is rather early to say how it will be. Many issues will not be working but as they need to be with the hybrid system, to get actual suggestions may be very tough.
“For me thus far, it will be a change [of driving style].
“The goal is that you must get well vitality underneath braking to have the ability to discharge the [hybrid power] in acceleration. For those who do not attain the goal underneath braking, you may’t have extra energy on the exit, which makes the entire thing inconsistent and unpredictable.
Hyundai I20 N WRC Rally1
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“On the similar time, in case you attain your goal and also you speed up and also you raise as soon as the throttle, you lose all the facility you could have out there. It is rather is inconsistent thus far.
“We’ve to get extra forward with the testing, there are too many issues that aren’t clear but.
“I do not know if anybody goes to be a giant fan of the primary variations of this new automotive. The one factor that’s thrilling is no person is aware of the place we’re going and what to anticipate from subsequent yr.”
Regarding this weekend’s penultimate spherical of the 2021 WRC in Spain, Neuville is assured he’ll have the ability to problem for victory following a disappointing Rally Finland that led to retirement on account of a water leak.
Neuville kicked off his Rally Spain by ending third quickest on Thursday’s shakedown, solely 0.4s adrift of pacesetter Sebastien Ogier, who was 0.2s faster than his Toyota teammate and title rival Elfyn Evans.
“In Finland it was the primary time I had an incredible pace within the Hyundai there,” Neuville mentioned.
“I feel I used to be doing very well. I used to be going quicker than Ogier and it was simply Elfyn who did a hell of a rally.
“Craig Breen [in the third Hyundai] was ranging from eleventh or tenth after I was third on the highway, there is no such thing as a comparability.
“I am not nervous in any respect about our pace for this weekend. If the automotive feels fantastic and I am comfy we ought to be within the combat for victory.”