2016 Hyundai i20 (Elite i20-based) WRC Rally car revealed – IAB Report
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Exterior is based on the Hyundai Elite i20 sold in India.
Following its debut as a concept at the 2015 IAA in Frankfurt, Hyundai has unveiled the WRC-spec 2016 Hyundai i20 rally car, which will compete in next season’s World Rally Championship. Fans will get to see it in action at the popular Monte Carlo Rally in January.
Hyundai claims that the new WRC contender is faster than its predecessor, and could help the factory team secure more victories as well as establish Hyundai’s new performance arm, “N” division, in motorsports. Hyundai’s rally team will involve three drivers – Dani Sordo, Hayden Paddon and Thierry Neuville.
The new i20 WRC is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre motor that is capable of delivering 300 PS. It is paired to a 6-speed race-spec sequential gearbox which transmits power to all wheels. Engineers have clocked 8000 km worth of shakedown testing to affirm its reliability in some of the mechanically-challenging rally stages.
As with any rally car, the sides get massive wheel arches and slim side mirrors, while the rear houses a huge two-piece spoiler, angular taillights and a single cylindrical exhaust.
2016 Hyundai i20 WRC Concept – Image Gallery
Hyundai unveils 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC Rally car – Press Release