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Kiwi rally star Hayden Paddon has revealed how his brand new electric rally car will be able to contest multiple stages on rallies, without running out of power. Paddon's all-new Hyundai Kona, expected to be ready for rallying later this year, will have a changeable battery that his crew can swap at service breaks. "The key philosophy behind this car is that we'll be doing battery changes, so it's designed so that the battery will be able to come in and out of the car very quickly and very easily," Paddon said. "The floor has been reconstructed, and we've positioned the crew in the optimal position for weight distribution in the car. "All the rear floor pan has to be redone for the motors and the transmissions that are under there, and the same at the front."
The Kona will have a 200 kilogram centrally located battery, with in-built battery fire and safety system to FIA standards.
According to details released by Paddon this week, the car can run two, three or four Brusa motors, each capable of 220kW peak power with instant torque. They are a proven package that are used in electric Rallycross cars in Europe. The car's 4WD system will use one transmission front and rear, with a STARD 2-speed gearbox with LSD. "Other than the motor and transmission that we've sourced from Europe, 100% of the car has been designed in-house at our workshop in New Zealand, which we're incredibly proud of," Paddon added.
"There are hundreds of components that we've had to design and make from scratch for this car."
The car's aerodynamics and bodywork have been designed in conjunction with students from Canterbury University, who have spent 12 months on the project. The Coronavirus lockdown in New Zealand has slowed the project down, but Paddon still hopes the car will be up and running later this year. Initial testing will be on tarmac at the Highlands Park race circuit where Paddon's workshop is based, before further testing on gravel. Watch the Hyundai Kona reveal video HERE.
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