M it the Hyundai i20 WRC has chosen for the rally A fifth car registered for the 2013 World Cup. This means that the top dogs from Citroen and Ford, the newcomer from 2012 Mini and the big challenger Volkswagen get another competitor. After years of monotony, the rally premier class is finally getting more variety at the top.
The Korean manufacturer has already been busy testing prototypes of the new Hyundai i20 WRC in recent months. A rally bolide was set up in camera, which is to be further developed to be ready for racing in the next few months. Incidentally, the Group's rally activities are based in its European headquarters in Offenbach.
Hyundai i20 WRC celebrates its premiere in Paris
The racing car was presented to the public for the first time at the Paris Motor Show . The result is a small, compact all-wheel drive with thick fenders, but a relatively round line. Until the first use, a few additional wings will certainly be added to make the Hyundai i20 WRC a more aggressive appearance.
'The WRC is known as one of the most exciting motorsport series worldwide. It is full of spectacle Excitement and dynamism - so the perfect playground for the Hyundai brand, 'said Marketing Director Mark Hall at the official announcement.
' The WRC offers a car manufacturer the most technologically complex challenge. Our participation will be Hyundai's engineering and Demonstrate reliability and should also have a positive effect on future road models. '
The new Hyundai i20 WRC will be tested further under racing conditions in selected races of the 2013 season. From 2014 the Koreans want to be the fifth manufacturer to contest the entire season. Nothing has been known about possible drivers yet.
Hyundai returns to the WRC
Hyundai took part in the World Rally Championship with Accent from 2000 to 2003, albeit with only moderate success . In addition, participation was ultimately too expensive for the company, which is why the car manufacturer withdrew from the racing series. Now Hyundai sees the chance, however, to position its recently revised i20 more strongly against the Polo.