The Rally of Mexico requires a specific preparation. In the first place because it is the first appointment of the calendar of the WRC which takes place on gravel and in the second term because is the rally that is held at a higher altitude, which is a requirement for extra engines. Although it is true that this year with the new flanges intake and the extra power that they have the World Rally Car, the engine 1.6 Turbo will suffer less altitude sickness, it is to simulate these conditions. With this objective, Hyundai, Toyota, and M-Sport have moved to Spain.
In search of stretches in altitude and with a gravel similar to that found in the Rally of Mexico, Hyundai Motorsport has located their test in Almeria. Hayden Paddon was in charge of piloting in the first term the Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe, while Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo have set the token to new zealand. These tests are very important for the team led by Michel Nandan, since in the first two quotes Neuville has proved that the i20 WRC Coupe is a car winner and yet the loot of points in both tests, this has not been the expected.
With an opposite dynamic to take up this test Toyota Gazoo Racing. The training directed by Tommi Mäkinen facing preparation in advance of the Rally of Mexico with a podium, a victory, and with Jari-Matti Latvala at the front of the classification of the WRC. All in all, Toyota has also opted for Andalusia for these tests, looking for land of high altitude. Finally, M-Sport has travelled to Catalonia to face these test, though like its two rivals has been sought, stretches to considerable altitude. In fact, the scenario chosen has already been used during the development of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17.