Hyundai Motorsport is providing a glimpse of its 2017 WRC fighter in Paris with a race-ready i20 wearing a livery created specifically for the show.
Engineered to fully comply with FIA’s 2017 World Rally Championship regulations, Hyundai’s new WRC weapon is based on the three-door i20 and will have its competition debut in January at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally. What we’re seeing here is only a temporary livery created specifically for the Paris Motor Show, so it’s going to look different in its final guise for next year’s season.
Hyundai Motorsport has been testing prototypes of the 2017-spec i20 WRC since April across several locations in Europe and in a variety of conditions to make sure its rally car will be up to the challenge. Since it has to meet next year’s regulations, the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine is now rated at 380 horsepower, while an electronic active central differential has been implemented as well.
The first phase of testing primarily involved the engine and the rest of the powertrain, while in recent months Hyundai Motorsport has been turning its attention towards the car’s suspension, aerodynamics, and differential. Between now and the i20 WRC’s reveal in final form, there are going to be some upgrades in terms of engine and chassis, according to Team Principal Michel Nandan.
The new technical rules set by FIA also call for longer and wider race cars, as well as a more aerodynamic body as evidenced by the large rear wing boosting downforce at the rear axle. The minimum weight of all 2017 WRC contenders will drop by 25 kilograms (55 pounds), while the turbo restrictor is going to grow from the current 33 mm to 36 mm.
The i20 WRC is now on display at the Paris Motor Show where it shares the spotlight with another rally car set to take part in next year’s season, the all-new Citroën C3 WRC. Hyundai mentions the 2017 livery is going to be presented in December.