Hyundai Motorsport revealed at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy their new World Rally Championship challenger, all set to take on the rivals throughout the 2017 season. The Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC has the experience of three seasons behind it and is poised to outdo its predecessors.
The aggressive looks of the 2017 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC is partly due to the company’s latest design language but mostly because of the new WRC rules designed to make this cool field of motorsport more exciting. So besides the new aero features that make the car look like some sort of flesh-eating deep-sea creature, there is also a bump in power output from 300 to 380 horsepower, plus some considerable weight reduction. Simultaneously, the teams are allowed to build more mechanical grip into their cars.
The 2017 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC will be driven by factory drivers Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo. Their main goal is to make the new season the most successful yet, which means they will have to do better than this year where Hyundai’s WRC secured two victories and ten podium finishes.
Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We are heading into a new era for the sport with the biggest change to the regulations for some time. It’s a great new technical challenge and one that we have tackled with enthusiasm. It’s an opportunity to put into practice everything we have learned and experienced in the past three seasons. All teams are starting from scratch so we are on equal footing. Having finished in a fighting second in 2016, we want to demonstrate our ability to fight for the Championship next season – and we are confident the i20 Coupe WRC will help us do just that.”