Hyundai Motorsport enters final phase of
New Generation i20 WRC development and test program
• Hyundai Motorsport’s New Generation i20 WRC is nearly ready to rally as the team approaches the final key milestones of the car’s development
• The New Generation i20 WRC has amassed over 8,000km in testing across four countries over ten months
• Hyundai Motorsport will formally present the car to the world’s media and team guests in Alzenau on Dec. 9
Dec. 3, 2015 - Hyundai Motorsport is nearing completion of its brand new rally car, the New Generation i20 WRC, with which the team will contest the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), its third season of competition.
The New Generation i20 WRC, the successor to the existing Hyundai i20 WRC, has undergone a rigorous test and development program during this year, *completing over 8,000km across ten test sessions in four countries. The all-new car has been put through its paces on both gravel and tarmac in four separate countries of Germany, France, Finland and Spain, running concurrently with Hyundai Motorsport’s successful 2015 WRC campaign.
Hyundai Motorsport has ramped up the test and development program for the New Generation i20 WRC from basic tests earlier in the year through to component evaluation, settings and ultimately more recent performance runs. Hyundai Motorsport has been satisfied with progress and has recently submitted all necessary documentation to the FIA for homologation of the car.
Hyundai Motorsport will formally unveil the New Generation i20 WRC at the team’s factory in Alzenau, Germany next Wednesday on Dec. 9.
Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We are approaching the final phase of preparation for our New Generation i20 WRC ahead of its debut in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship. Since March, we have completed around 8,000km in stage conditions with the car, on both gravel and tarmac. For a young team like ours, to run an intensive testing programme alongside a heightened WRC campaign has been quite an achievement but we now embark on some important milestones. We all look forward to officially unveiling the new car in Alzenau next week, before concluding the all-important homologation process with the FIA. From there, we can really start the 2016 season. We have covered different types of terrain and rally conditions in testing so far, but we haven’t yet run the car on snow. It will be exciting times for Hyundai Motorsport as we conclude final preparations for the debut of the New Generation i20 WRC in Rallye Monte-Carlo next month.”
The New Generation i20 WRC, which is the rally car version of the New Generation i20 sold in the European markets, has been developed highlighting Hyundai Motor’s passion for performance and engineering competency. The preview of the New Generation i20 WRC car was showcased ahead during this year’s Frankfurt motor show.