New Hyundai i20 WRC for the 2016 rally season

New Hyundai i20 WRC for the rally season 2016
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H yundai is going in next year its third season in the World Rally Championship since returning in 2014. The emergency vehicle: the i20 WRC based on the production small car. With the model change for the road, Hyundai will also switch to a new emergency vehicle in the World Rally Championship.

The final version of the new Hyundai i20 WRC was presented to selected media and other guests on December 9, 2015. The goal is clear: The Koreans want to do better in 2016 than last season and always fight for the top positions in the individual rallies. 'The New Generation i20 WRC is the product of a full year of development and with a more experienced team, we are now increasing our goals to more confidently participate in the fight on the front lines,' explained team leader Michel Nandan. In 2015 Hyundai achieved third place in the brand world championship behind VW and Citro├źn. In addition, four podium places jumped out.

New Hyundai i20 WRC with 4 doors

The 2016 generation differs from its predecessor at first glance. From 2 to 4 doors. The rear entrances naturally remain without function. The flatter light units at the front and rear give the new i20 a more aggressive look.

More important than the optical retouching are the performance-relevant changes. The aerodynamics have been completely revised. A more contoured front and further flared wheel arches make the rally dwarf look brawny. A significantly larger two-part wing is now mounted at the rear.

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New model already on test drive

The engineers have also worked on the drive and weight distribution. Here the predecessor had the biggest deficits compared to the competition from Wolfsburg. To ensure that the new technology is also stable when it debuts in Monte Carlo, the Hyundai i20 WRC diligently collected test kilometers during its one-year development phase. The rally car pedaled a total of 8,000 kilometers.

With the drivers, the team based in Alzenau focuses on continuity. Dani Sordo, Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon take the wheel again for the Korean manufacturer. 'We have worked with Dani, Hayden and Thierry for two seasons now, so it is a real advantage to be able to continue with them in 2016 with the New Generation i20 WRC,' said Nandan. 'I am convinced that we have the most versatile driver line-up in the WRC and we want to use this to our advantage.'

In our gallery we show you the new Hyundai i20 WRC.


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