The South Korean automaker is proud of its participation in the acclaimed World Rally Championship and has recently unveiled the 2016 i20 WRC during an event at the company’s motorsport base Alzenau, Germany.
It’s naturally based off the production series i20 subcompact, but the menacing rally vehicle has undergone numerous modifications and trained during a comprehensive testing program – its debut is scheduled during the inaugural round of the WRC – the Monte Carlo Rally in January 2016. The modifications for the 2016 i20 WRC include the addition of a new rear wing and updated front spoiler that will not only improve aerodynamics and cooling but also render “a new external appearance”. Underneath the body Hyundai has revised the suspension setup and chassis stiffness. Called the New Generation i20 WRC, the power is provided by a 1.6-liter turbo engine complete with Magneti Marelli SRG ECU, delivering 300 hp (224 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) to a sequential 6-speed gearbox mated to all-wheel drive. For gravel use, the rubbers will be Michelin Latitude Cross cladding 15-inch wheels and the tarmac version will switch to 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
“We are entering an exciting phase in our young team’s journey, which I think will reinforce our commitment and ambition in the competitive WRC community,” said team leader Michel Nandan. ”We have come a long way since our inaugural foundation year, and our performance in last season’s championship gave us renewed optimism for the future. The New Generation i20 WRC is the product of a full year of development and we should now raise our objectives to be more confident to fight at the front.” The South Korean automaker also said the pilot roster includes Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo, and Hayden Paddon, with all of them present during the 14 rounds of the WRC schedule.