The 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC has been officially introduced at the Korean company's base in Alzenau, Germany.

The 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC has been officially introduced at the Korean company's base in Alzenau, Germany.

Based on the production i20, the rally machine went through extensive testing program and will make its debut during the Monte Carlo Rally in January 2016. The automaker says the i20 WRC is equipped with a new rear wing and front spoiler to improve cooling and give the car “a new external appearance”, while under the bodywork, improvements have also been made to the suspension kinematics and chassis stiffness.

Dubbed the New Generation i20 WRC, the vehicle has 1.6-liter turbo engine, controlled by Magneti Marelli SRG ECU, sending 300 hp (224 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) to all four wheels through a sequential 6-speed gearbox. When running on gravel, the car will wear 15-inch wheels with Michelin Latitude Cross tires, while for the tarmac rallies it will step in 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires.

“We are entering an exciting phase in our young team's journey, which I think will reinforce our commitment and ambition in the competitive WRC community,” team boss Michel Nandan commented. ”We have come a long way since our inaugural foundation year, and our performance in last season's championship gave us renewed optimism for the future. The New Generation i20 WRC is the product of a full year of development and with a more experienced team of staff, we should now raise our objectives to be more confident to fight at the front.”

The manufacturer also confirmed Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo, and Hayden Paddon will all be part of the team for the next season, driving in all 14 rounds of the WRC schedule.

Source: Hyundai Motorsport

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