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Hayden Paddon reveals Hyundai EV rally car

One of the world’s first EV rally cars, based on the Hyundai Kona, has been revealed by Paddon Rallysport (PRG) at Hyundai Motors New Zealand in Auckland.

Kiwi rally star Hayden Paddon led the project to develop the 400+ kW electric-powered rally car, a project sparked by an idea early in 2018 and officially commenced in March 2019.

Following 18 months of intensive work at their Cromwell facility, Paddon and his six-strong team of engineers and designers are delighted to reveal the completed, fully functional Hyundai Kona EV rally car to the world.

The project marks a significant milestone in New Zealand automotive and motorsport history, with 80 per cent of the car designed in-house in terms of chassis design, engineering, aerodynamics, suspension, steering, cooling and electrics.

Austrian company Stohl Advanced Research and Development (STARD) contributed to the project as Paddon Rallysport’s technical partner, providing guidance and advice.

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