If you thought Targa Tasmania (one of the most famous Targa Rally events in the world) was only for Lamborghinis, Porsches, Mitsubishi Evolution and Subaru STIs, you'd probably be right. However, in recent times everyday cars have began to enter the event. 2010 sees the multi-award winning Hyundai i30 CRDi turbo diesel on the grid.
The i30 is piloted by Rally veteran of fifteen years, Razvan Vlad and his wife Ioana who together have won their class consecutively at Targa West rallies in 2008 and 2009.
The i30 diesel will be up against cars such as the Mazda3 Diesel in the Showroom Class. Interestingly the i30 diesel will also be the most fuel efficient vehicle in the competition (even beating the Toyota Hybrid Camry).
“I know the i30 inside and out. It is a very balanced car, with excellent brakes and an advanced Variable Geometry Turbo engine. It has been 100% reliable and I know it won’t disappoint,” said Vlad. “The production standard Australian suspension and steering set-up is a great match for the course, whilst its green diesel engine also reduces the vehicle’s impact on the environment.”
The only changes to the Hyundai i30 CRDi turbo diesel are upgraded brake pads and safety requirements to meet competition regulations (no rear seats, racing front seats installed, roll-cage).
The car will also run Kumho semi-slick tyres (six tyres in total available during the event) and have access to change brake rotors.
There are over 270 cars competing in this year's event which is expected to be one of the best in recent times. The photo below should give you an idea of the seriousness of the cars involved.
On a more personal front the CarAdvice crew are currently in Targa Tasmania with Anthony Crawford navigating in the i30 for day one of Targa which begins on Wednesday.