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Hyundai i20 Rally1 faces anti-lag system issues

ott tanak, rally di svezia

Hyundai technicians have identified the root cause of the issue. However, a comprehensive resolution is anticipated only through the approval of new software, which Hyundai plans to install in time for the upcoming asphalt rally in Croatia in April.

The Hyundai Rally1 team encountered challenges with its anti-lag system during the recent Monte Carlo Rally, affecting all three Hyundai i20 Rally1 cars. Notably, Ott Tanak suffered the most significant penalties due to the issue. Team principal Cyril Abiteboul acknowledged that Tanak’s driving style exacerbated the problem before the technical glitch arose.

Hyundai technicians have identified the root cause of the issue. However, a comprehensive resolution is anticipated only through the approval of new software, which Hyundai plans to install in time for the upcoming asphalt rally in Croatia in April. Nevertheless, despite concerns, Hyundai and Tanak express confidence for the forthcoming rally in Sweden, known for its snowy and icy conditions.

” It’s a minor issue. It’s cold here in Sweden, and the speeds are much higher, so we’re not worried,” admitted Tanak. “We’ve managed to understand the problem, and it’s not trivial. It needs to be addressed on our part. The matter will be tackled, but it will likely require the approval of new software, which may not happen before the Croatia trip.”

The anti-lag system is crucial in rally racing as it helps maintain turbocharger speed and prevents lag when the driver lifts off the throttle. In the competitive world of rallying, any technical glitch can significantly impact performance and standings. Hence, Hyundai’s swift identification and response to the issue reflect their commitment to addressing challenges promptly to remain competitive in the championship.

The Monte Carlo Rally serves as a learning experience for Hyundai as they continue to fine-tune their Rally1 cars for optimal performance across various terrains and conditions. With the Croatia rally on the horizon, Hyundai aims to implement the necessary updates to ensure their cars perform at their best and remain contenders for victory.

In rallying, adaptability and problem-solving skills are as crucial as raw speed and talent. The Hyundai Rally1 team’s proactive approach to addressing technical issues demonstrates their professionalism and determination to overcome obstacles on the road to success. As the season progresses, fans can anticipate thrilling battles on the rally stages as teams vie for supremacy in one of the most challenging motorsport disciplines.