Paddon gets electric rally car

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Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon has unveiled his new electric rally car.

It is one of the first electric rally cars in the world.

Paddon has spent 18 months developing the Hyundai Kona EV at his base in Cromwell.

Around 80% of the car was designed in-house. This included the body, engineering, aerodynamics and suspension. Austrian company Stohl Advanced Research and Development contributed to the project with the batteries.

The electric rally car is capable of over 800 kW and the aim for it to be winning rallies against normal ICE competition from 2022.

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