Thursday | 03 Dec 2015

New Hyundai set for launch

After a longer than expected development phase and more than 8,000km of testing, Hyundai's eagerly anticipated all-new i20 World Rally Car will be unveiled next week.

Dubbed the new generation i20 WRC, the successor to the existing i20 WRC car was due to be introduced in the second half of 2015, but in April the date was pushed back to 2016 because of homologation issues.

Hyundai Motorsport will formally present the car at the team’s factory in Alzenau, Germany next Wednesday (9 December) ahead of its competitive debut on January's season opener Rallye Monte-Carlo.

In the last ten months the car has been put through its paces on both gravel and tarmac roads in Germany, France, Finland and Spain. The programme has included an average of one test per month - most recently in France this week [see video below].
Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “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, before concluding the all-important homologation process with the FIA. From there, we can really start the 2016 season."

Testing will continue this month when the car will run on snow for the first time in preparation for February's Rally Sweden.

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