Hyundai i20 WRC was presented at Geneva Motor Show 2013. Hyundai entered the FIA World Rally Championship and this is their first car for such a serious competition.
The official launch of the racing model took place last year at Paris Motor Show. Hyundai brought in Geneva the updated version of the competition model. Hyundai i20 WRC presented at the Swiss exhibition, has new paint, new spoilers, newly developed suspension and a chassis with a greater rigidity.
Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live: Hyundai i20 WRC photo gallery
Hyundai i20 WRC Live at Geneva Motor Show 2013
The competition model will be introduced starting with the 2014 season. The development of Hyundai i20 WRC took place in the Hyundai center from Offenbach (Alzenau, Germany), facility in which the South Korea car manufacturer develops and designs cars destined for the European market.
The Hyundai ambitions materialized in this new facelift applied to the i20 WRC, that will fight with competition models developed in from B-segment cars like Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta, Citroen DS3 and Toyota Yaris.
The engines that equips Hyundai i20 WRC is a 1.6 turbo, in accordance with FIA regulations. Unfortunately for the Hyundai fans, i20 won’t have soon a performance street version, which could fully benefit from the efforts of the motorsport division. At least, Hyundai didn’t announced such a model in the near future.
If all manufacturers who have joined the list will be present at the starting line in 2014, the season will have six manufacturers in the fight for the WRC title. These are Toyota, Volkswagen, Ford, Citroen, Hyundai and Mini. Volkswagen had already announced a three year program for WRC starting this year (2013) and Toyota official confirmed the development of a Yaris rally model.
There is a risk that the 2014 WRC season will not be animated by the Citroen or Ford factory teams, the manufacturers mentioned above already analyzing increasingly serious the possibility of withdrawing from the WRC championship at the end of the current season.
Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal, Michel Nandan commented: “We are still in the infancy of our exciting WRC programme so the development curve for the car and team is steep. This latest version of the i20 WRC have centred on aerodynamics with the objective of improving the car’s cooling systems. A new rear wing and front spoiler give the i20 WRC a new external appearance while, under the bodywork, improvements have also been made to the suspension kinematics and chassis stiffness as we gear up for a more structured test programme later in the year. We have lots of important foundations to lay both with the car and the team at Alzenau.
“Building up a new motorsport facility from scratch is an ambitious and rewarding challenge. We have begun the recruitment process but already have a number of key people in place who bring with them a wealth of rally and motorsport experience. We are rapidly building up the team infrastructure and are pleased that everything is running to schedule.
“Hyundai has returned to the World Rally stage to demonstrate its technical capabilities on one of the world’s most competitive stages. Our ultimate goal is to be victorious but we know that we have a lot of tough competition ahead of us. We will use this year to lay the solid foundations but hope to advance quickly as 2014 approaches.”
Hyundai i20 WRC Video – Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live
Hyundai i20 WRC via Hyundai stand at Geneva Motor Show 2013