Hyundai Motorsport GmbH has unveiled its newest version of the i20 WRC car at the Geneva Motor Show. This is a major step towards its upcoming involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship. To be ready for Hyundai’s debut season at the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, it has planned a year of private tests and development.
It is working to have a WRC-specification of its i20 model that’s ready to enter the race. Last September, the first iteration of this model debuted at the Paris Motor Show. However, the newest model has been given significant improvements to its exterior bodywork and suspension.
These improvements are made possible by the partnership between Hyundai’s R&D facility in Namyang, Korea and the recently created Hyundai Motorsport GmbH in Alzenau, Germany, with long-time WRC man Michel Nandan as its leader. In addition, the new specification Hyundai i20 WRC has been given a striking appearance due to its restyle livery that combines an energetic treatment of Hyundai’s corporate blue as well as the novel use of characters from Hunminjeongeum, which is the native Korean script.
The livery combines the WRC’s dynamism and enthusiasm with the brand’s Korean heritage. Team Principal Michel Nandan was only appointed two months ago but already, he has turned the focus on creating the core Hyundai WRC team at the bespoke facility in Alzenau with vital technical, logistics and motorsport specialists becoming part of the new manufacturer team. Pretty soon, the team will kick off a more intense test program with the i20 WRC to hasten the car’s development ahead of its first season.