Festivities for the 2016 FIA WRC, World Rally Championship, began for Hyundai Motorsport with the unveiling of its latest model, the New Generation i20 WRC. The event was witnessed by 200 guests and media personalities who had gathered in Alzenau, Germany, at the team’s factory.
The presentation took place at Hyundai Motorsport’s racing headquarters. It is here that the future model R5 rally car is going to be produced. This unit is also inspired by the New Generation i20. Hyundai Motorsport has seen two successful seasons in the highly competitive environment of WRC.
During this short period, the Hyundai team has successfully climbed up the steep learning curve and is now an established competitor for its rivals. The official release of the New Generation five-door i20 WRC opens doors for yet another exciting journey in the history of Hyundai Motorsport in WRC.
After the Hyundai team laid its foundations in 2013, it rapidly designed an all-new WRC car for the first competitive season. The car proved its true value in agility as well as reliability by bagging its first win in Germany.
Thereon, the Hyundai team gave a more consistent performance in the second season, with four podium finishes and a spot to vie for the second place in the Manufacturer’s Championship in the finale for the season.
The New Generation i20 had been put to a test and had undergone a development programme for a whole year since the beginning of 2015 for a WRC specification. Before the launch, the car had already been driven for 8000 km during the testing where it proved how much faster it is compared to its predecessor.
The drivers also applauded the car for its enhanced drivability. Hyundai Motorsport has evolved a great deal since its inception in 2013. Though it has yet to see bigger achievements, it has already established itself in the WRC world. Based on its past wins, the team has moved on towards bolder decisions for the 2016 seasons and aims at putting up a tough fight at every stage.
As the New Generation i20 WRC was revealed in front of the public at its launch, all three of its drivers were present. The revised livery for the five-door i20 was also one of the highlights. Shell and Mobis, the title partners of the team, were recognized on the new car. Furthermore, their names will be seen in the two other team entries – Hyundai Shell World Rally Team and Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team.
The famous Kevin Abbring will continue to serve as the Hyundai Motorsport Test Driver and will run selected contest rounds in WRC in a fourth car, fulfilling his agreement. But his main responsibility will be to handle the development of the 2017 WRC car and its R5 activities. In the next couple of weeks, the R5 project is due to roll out under the leadership of the customer racing division of Hyundai Motorsport. The car will be in the development phase during early 2016, and will open order books in the latter half of the year.