After showcasing a 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC rally car prototype in Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, the South Korean automaker has finally taken the wraps off its new contender in its latest livery. Based on the second gen i20 (called as Elite i20 in India), the new race car will be fielded in next year’s World Rally Championship which has 14 races starting from the popular Monte Carlo Rally in January.
Into its third season, Hyundai’s rally campaign will involve three drivers – Dani Sordo, Hayden Paddon and Thierry Neuville. In the last two years, the Hyundai WRC team managed to register one victory (T. Neuville at German Rally 2014). Last year, the outfit claimed four podium finishes in a season which was dominated by Volkswagen with its Polo R WRC.
Hyundai stated that the new race car is faster than its predecessor which was based on the older gen model and the drivers have already happy with the improved drivability. The 2016 i20 WRC is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre motor which is good for 300 PS. The motor is mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox which transmits power to all the four wheels. Hyundai has covered 8,000 km of testing and is pretty confident of improving its prospects it the impending season.
The blue-black livery with red front wheels highlights the team’s principal sponsors Shell and Mobis. Massive dual layered rear wings add to the race ready hatchback’s purposeful stance.
2016 Hyundai i20 WRC concept – Photos