Hyundai Kona EV Rally develops up to 885 hp
New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon has developed a WRC racing version of the electric Hyundai Kona and plans to enter races as early as 2021.
While Rallycross has started a shift towards electric, the WRC favors hybrid, and only for 2022. Nevertheless, driver Hayden Paddon anticipates a more radical transition with an all-new all-electric car.
The project started at the end of 2018 at Paddon Rallysport Group, the company he founded. The New Zealander and his team set out to design a single platform. They also chose the Austrian partner Stard, to develop specific components. This Stohl Racing subsidiary is also working on a Ford Fiesta ERX (Rallycross) and has already produced an electric Peugeot 207 in 2014. The choice of a Hyundai Kona, offered by the manufacturer, is logical. Paddon is an official Hyundai driver, and the Kona offers more height than the i20 to accommodate his batteries.
The first prototype thus left the hangar in May 2020 and began testing immediately. The operating model you see here was finalized in October. You will have noticed, the front is that of the Kona gasoline, not the electric one. Normal, with extreme discharges, battery cooling is essential, supplied by the air passing through the grille.
A maximum power of 885 horsepower!
The final characteristics are terrifying against combustion cars. With 2 to 4 motors of 220 kW (295 hp) each, this electric Kona competition has 885 hp of power and 1,100 Nm of torque. That’s way more than the 400 hp of a Hyundai i20 or Toyota Yaris WRC. This is to compensate with an estimated total weight of 1,500 kg with the batteries, against 1,190 kg (minimum) in the WRC.
Paddon’s goal is to enter the electric rally Hyundai Kona from 2021 in events in New Zealand. Hayden Paddon’s initiative could inspire other electrical projects in rallying cars, such as the Opel Corsa-e, and why not open specific categories in certain championships.