Paddon builds electric rally car being ready for testing in the spring of 2020
New Zealander Hayden Paddon has had hectic days, launching his campaign to finance a WRC comeback, book on his career and so today Paddon Rallysport released the news that he is developing an electric rally car!
Hyundai Kona EV is being built for the rally forest, it is Hyundai’s electric car that the team has taken into the workshop for development, the idea is that when the first prototype is launched it will be able to run a whole competition on just electricity!
The car is in the design stage, explains the team, but believes that the first tests can be done as early as April 2020. Behind the development stands AEMD which is part of the Paddon Rallysport Group formed – the abbreviation stands for Alternative Energy Motorsport Development!
Electric cars on the rise, also in rally
Together with Hyundai New Zealand, YES Power and technical partners such as Manfred Stohl’s Austrian companies STARD technologies, Canterbury University and Callaghan Innovation, the focus is now on the new electric car.
– Even today, the technology with performance is enough for the rally forest, there are two things above all. Refine the technology to fit rallying on all surfaces and, above all, the range to handle a very long rally day.
One of the biggest resistances to electric cars is the sound, but Paddon claims to have found a solution, There we have a solution, the sound is a safety issue for spectators to hear the cars so it is a solution we obviously looked at early. You should hear the car when it’s time for testing,” Paddon explains.
The first real tests will be held in the spring of 2020 where a car will later be driven in some competition of the New Zealand Championship to test, collect data and be shown to the public. For 2021 a full season awaits and then the car will be able to handle a rally distance without any problems!
Hayden also thinks that once the car can handle a full rally distance, then it can be quite exciting to enter the sprint rally and back races, then you can use the effect for a significantly short time and then reach a cruel performance.
Motor sport part of the Olympics once more?
With the production of competitive electric cars, many in the WRC and the rest of the motorsport world hopes that motorsport once again can become Olympic sport. After the removal of motorboat racing in the 1908 Summer Olympics, where three motorboat races where part of the Olympics, motorsport has not been part of the Olympic family.
International Motor Sports Association FIA was approved by the International Olympic Committee in 2012 and are now recognized as a global sports federation by the IOC. And even if there is still some time before we can expect motor sport in the Olympics, the use of electric cars might be a step in the right direction. Until then, we will have to enjoy the Olympics in other ways, such as watching the new sports in the Olympics 2020.
Hayden comeback in the WRC?
While working on electrifying a rally car, Hayden is working for a rally comeback in the WRC series, a dialogue is underway with M-Sport about more starts after the cancelled Finnish World Cup adventure – a deal is about to be finalized with the team for at least one start. It would be nice to, once again play Paddon on motorsport PC, mobile and console games or in console in 2020.
Back in the rally car, however, Hayden is already at the weekend, Australian Eureka Rush Rally he teams up with Samantha Gray in a rented Hyundai i20 R5. It is a competition in the FIA Pacific series – a final qualifying competition for the big Asia Pacific finals!