The automotive is within the design stage now and is predicted to be testing for the primary time in April, 2020.
The goal of the Kona EV is to be the primary rally automotive able to finishing a full-length occasion with solely electrical energy.
Paddon is working with Hyundai New Zealand, the College of Canterbury and the Stohl Superior Analysis and Improvement – Manfred Stohl’s staff, which is already offering an electrical resolution for rallycross.
Breaking new floor in rallying is nothing new for Paddon Rallysport, the Kiwi outfit was the primary to win Hyundai a producers’ title anyplace on the earth with its i20 AP4 automotive within the New Zealand Rally Championship.
“The automotive’s going to be a showstopper when it comes to efficiency,” mentioned Paddon on the launch of Paddon Rallysport’s Various Power Motorsport Division at its dwelling in Central Otago, New Zealand.
Paddon continued: “Various vitality powerplants are evolving very quickkly within the consumer-focused automotive sector, however the identical developments should not as widespread in motorsport and positively not in rallying.
“Not in contrast to most motorsport fanatics and their first impressions of the idea, I believed: “Not EV!” However the extra I thought of it, the extra potential I might see to align top-tier rallying with the expertise goals of main car producers.”
The World Rally Championship introduces hybrid to the collection in 2022, by which era Paddon plans to be on the second stage of an electrical resolution.
The previous Rally Argentina winner admits the brand new automotive will carry challenges.
Paddon mentioned: “From among the EV expertise that already exists, efficiency is already there – some automobiles have as much as 1000bhp. It’s the way you harness that efficiency for rallying, for instance with torque vectoring for gravel or low-grip conditions and the vary wanted to finish a full day’s rallying.
“[EV] Rallying opens up extra challenges in comparison with circuit racing when it comes to vary, charging techniques and sound. After we discover options for these parts, many will probably be relevant to the final street consumer and EV automotive proprietor.”
One of many key challenges in rallying will probably be making certain the automotive makes sufficient noise to warn spectators and rally officers of its arrival.
“I’m dedicated to creating positive our automotive creates the form of noise a rally fan enjoys,” mentioned Paddon. “From a wholly sensible perspective, a rally automotive must create a loud and distinctive sound for the protection of everyone having fun with the motion.”
The plan is to run the Kona EV rally automotive on home New Zealand occasions subsequent season, with a second prototype – full with prolonged vary – within the pipeline for 2021.
Hyundai New Zealand basic supervisor Andy Sinclair mentioned his agency is delighted to be working with Paddon on the most recent enterprise: “We’re excited to be concerned within the growth of the world’s first electrical rally automotive with Paddon Rallysport.
“Because the primary new EV model in New Zealand we’re dedicated to being on the forefront of innovation and championing the EV trade right here, so this mission aligns with us main the best way.”
Paddon not too long ago introduced a long-term take care of New Zealand electrical energy provide agency YES Energy – an settlement which can serve the brand new mission and his hopes of a return to the WRC.
Paddon was as a consequence of return to the world championship at Rally Finland earlier this month, however that M-Sport outing was curtailed when Paddon crashed the Ford Fiesta WRC on the pre-event check.
Speaking of the potential for a WRC return, Paddon informed Autosport: “The possibilities are good. We’re working with M-Sport proper now and that’s an actual focus for me. I’ve bought to be trustworthy, I’ve had just a few bumps within the street and what occurred in Finland was simply one other one.
“I brushed it off and I’m now engaged on the brand new plan to get again there.”