Hayden Paddon working on Kiwi-built electric rally car
Guess it had to happen; there’s Formula E for open wheelers, MotoE for bikes, and now Hayden Paddon and Hyundai New Zealand have revealed they are working on a new rally car with Kona EV underpinnings. Is this the beginnings of a RallyE series? Oh, wait, the FIA has already announced a World Rallycross Championship that will introduce electric cars from 2021.
Paddon’s car will have a peak power of 600kW and the range to compete in full-length rallying events thanks to a revised aero package. There’s also a full bevy of safety upgrades.
“This first EV rally car from the Paddon Rallysport Group’s new division, Alternative Energy Motorsport Development (AEMD), will be a showstopper in terms of performance and will do things differently to electric-powered competition vehicles seen to date,” said Paddon.
“Alternative energy powerplants are very quickly evolving in the consumer-focused automotive sector, but the same developments are not as widespread in motorsport and certainly not in rallying.
“A friend and I discussed the concept of electric-powered rally cars. Not unlike most motorsport enthusiasts and their first impressions of the concept, I thought ‘not EV!’ But the more I thought about it, the more potential I could see to align top-tier rallying with the technology aims of major vehicle manufacturers.”
Paddon added that the rally-bred Kona will be developed with noise and ferocity in mind.