At the beginning of December Hyundai unveiled its 2017 World Rally Championship contender – the new i20 coupe WRC. The big reveal took place at the Monza Rally in Italy. The new i20 coupe has been designed in line with the new World Rally Championship regulations which will allow for more powerful, lighter and aerodynamic vehicles to take the track for the hotly contested title of WRC champion.
In the words of Hyundai’s Team Principal, Michael Nandon, “The new regulations for 2017 mean wider, more powerful cars, and we’re sure next season will be an entertaining one.”
Truth be told Hyundai are looking to do more than entertain. They are looking to build on their 2016 success, where they took second place for manufacturers standings and driver’s championships, with this newly evolved, faster, meaner, sleeker version of the recently retired five door i20 WRC.
According to Nandon: “We built positive momentum, particularly in the second part of the championship, so we want to continue that into 2017. We have the confidence in the team to compete at the front and to be seen as genuine contenders in WRC’s new era.”
This sentiment as strongly reiterated by Hyundai Motorsport President Gyoo Heon Choi when he said “We aim to be champion. We are taking this very seriously and want to be at the top. Hyundai Motorsport is investing heavily into making this work, and after three years we feel very strong.
With a bigger rear wing and larger front bumper, the i20 coupe not only looks more aggressive on the track, but is also aerodynamically superior to its predecessor. The engine has been fitted with a larger restrictor producing decidedly more brake horse power too. Fitted with a six speed paddle shift manual gearbox that feeds all four wheels, the drivers are able to adjust the torque at each end using the new active central differential.
As part of the new regulations, teams can now have three cars in point scoring positions for the manufacturers championship, and with Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo behind the wheels they look set for a great WRC season in 2018.
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