Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
Hyundai became the first manufacturer to show its 2017 FIA World Rally Championship contender when it unveiled its i20 Coupe World Rally Car in Italy.
Drivers Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo revealed the team’s third new World Rally Car in four seasons at Monza race circuit. The three-door i20 has been built to exciting new regulations which allow more powerful, lighter and aggressive looking cars.
Hyundai Motorsport president G.H.Choi told guests the development of three World Rally Cars and an R5 car, which was launched earlier this year, in such a short time period was difficult.
“It has been busy but finally our new baby is born. We aim to win the championship with our strong team and top level drivers and co-drivers,” said Choi, who emphasised Hyundai’s long-term commitment to WRC.
Team principal Michel Nandan said he wanted to build on the successes of 2016, in which the team finished second in the manufacturers’ standings while Neuville clinched the runners-up position in the drivers’ series.
“Despite the new regulations we have been able to carry over a lot of what we learned with the 2016 car. The new regulations have impacted a number of areas but it was important to start from a strong base,” he explained.
|Engine type||In-line four cylinder, 1.6 litre, turbo direct injection|
|Bore / stroke||83.0 mm / 73.9 mm|
|Power (max)||380 hp (280 kW) at 6,500 rpm|
|Torque (max)||450 Nm at 5.500 rpm|
|Transmission type||Four-wheel drive|
|Gearbox||Sequential gearbox, six forward gears and one reverse with paddle shift|
|Differential||Hydraulic in centre, mechanical with ramps in front and rear|
|Steering||Hydraulic power-assisted rack and pinion|
|Brakes||Ventilated Brembo disc brakes (370mm on tarmac, 300mm on gravel). Air-cooled 4 piston callipers.|
|Wheels||8 x 18 inch for tarmac, 7 x 15 inch for gravel ; Michelin tyres|
|1,820 mm||2,570 mm|
|Weight||1,190 kg minimum / 1.350 kg with crew|