Hyundai hopes to improve in the World Rally Championship with its freshly unveiled New Generation i20 WRC for the 2016 season.
Hyundai I20 Wrc
The Hyundai i20 WRC offers a preview of the brand's rally car for next season. The company also promises that some of the racer's tech could filter down to production models through the new N performance sub-brand.
Hyundai will show off a trio of performance concepts and cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show, including the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo.
Hyundai had hoped to introduce the second-generation i20 WRC later this season, but homologation and development delays have pushed it back until next year.
Autoblog joined Hyundai to check out the Neste Oil Rally Finland, where thousands of kilometers of lightly traveled, rolling gravel roads have turned out decades of astonishing racing and cold-blooded drivers. Even though the World Rally Championship is well tamed from its feral Group B days, Rally Finland is still the drivers' favorite, with the fastest speeds and the biggest jumps.
It's been well over a year since Hyundai revealed its initial prototype for the i20 WRC at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Now it's revealed the final version (pictured above, complete with Shell Helix livery) and it's also announced the full team that will field it next year in the World Rally Championship, including Thierry Neuville and additional drivers Juho Hänninen, Dani Sordo and Chris Atkinson. That's plenty exciting for rally fans, but the news that caught our attention was buried deeper
It's always a good day when we get to post a video about rally racing. It's even better when that video is of a new WRC competitor undergoing testing. This spy video shows Hyundai's i20 WRC, a car that debuted nearly one year ago at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. It's set to usher in Hyundai's return to top-flight motorsports, and will do battle with the cars from Citroen, Ford and Volkswagen that are currently contesting the 2013 season.