A team of bright young engineers in New Zealand have adapted a Hyundai Kona into a demon of a rally car at Paddon Rallysport Group (PGR).
Over three years they constructed one of the first EV Rally Cars in the world and one of the toughest, able to handle the rugged NZ terrain of Central Otago and “bring it” to the ICE competition.
After many months of planning, work began on the donor Kona. It was stripped to a bare shell and adapted to handle the specialized electric drive train and batteries. A lot physics and maths involved in this. Lots of cooperation from PRGs partners – see website. The full specs are available here.
With an aero kit developed in conjunction with the University of Canterbury and Southern Ocean Boat builders and a unique interior design, PRG has made a car with flare.
This bad boy wants to be noticed – virtue signalling on the rally track. Don’t just take my word for it – watch the video below and prepare to be impressed.
I love the boy’s face at the end. Can anyone read his lips and let us know what he is saying?
David Waterworth is a researcher and writer, a retired school teacher who continues to provoke thought through his writing. He divides his time between looking after his grandchildren and trying to make sure they have a planet to live on. He is long on Tesla.