Hyundai ready for WRC return
The rally-ready version based on the New i20 has been unveiled at last weeks Paris Motor Show, this being Hyundai’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
The New i20 World Rally Car has been engineered to overcome the challenge of the world’s toughest motorsport series. Hyundai withdrew from WRC in 2003, since then, they have set up an in-house WRC team in Europe, which resulted in developing the WRC i20.
Mark Hall, Marketing Director at Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “The World Rally Championship is recognised as one of the most dramatic sporting series on Earth. It’s a spectacle filled with excitement and dynamism – the perfect embodiment of the Hyundai brand.
“The WRC also offers the most technologically-diverse challenge for an automotive manufacturer. Our participation will demonstrate Hyundai’s engineering excellence and durability, and will also help to enhance our passenger vehicles in future.”
The rally history of Hyundai began in 1998, when it competed in the F2 class of the WRC for two seasons. They then rallyed a fully-developed WRC car based on the three-door Accent, which competed from 2000 until 2003.
We look forward to seeing the new WRC i20 in action!