Hyundai i20 ready to make its debut in the WRC

Article by Christian A., on October 1, 2012

As Hyundai prepares to go back to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), it has aptly presented a rally-ready version based on the New i20 at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The WRC is considered as one of the most challenging motorsport series in the world. The vehicle was built to conquer the intense terrains and weather conditions that the participants face.

After Hyundai withdrew from motorsport in 2003, it established a long-term goal to form an in-house WRC team in Europe and come up with a performance rally car. This is now the WRC i20 that debuted in Paris. According to Mark Hall, Marketing Director at Hyundai Motor Europe, the World Rally Championship is regarded as “one of the most dramatic sporting series on Earth.”

He said that this event perfectly embodies the brand due to its “excitement and dynamism.” In addition, an automaker is faced with the most technologically-diverse test at the WRC. He said that Hyundai will be able to demonstrate its engineering excellence and durability and this will aid in the improvement of its future vehicles.

Hyundai became involved in the sport in 1998, when it joined the F2 class of the WRC for a couple of seasons. Hyundai’s team revealed in 1999 that it will go up to the top class in 2000, entering a fully-developed WRC car based on the three-door Accent, which raced through 2003.

The new Hyundai i20 represents a different path in the brand's product development and showcases a string of modifications in both its exterior and interior, together with the option of a 1.1 L diesel engine that is efficient and clean. Its exterior design has been improved to have a modern appeal and to look more like it belongs to the i-range class. Also, it is evident that designers made more effort to improve the interior's quality. Its plastic materials have been enhanced, and center consoles have been improved to look more elegant and match the seat trims as well.

Hyundai i20 has 4 options available for powertrain. Included in these powertrain options are the brand new 1.1 L, 3-cylinder 'U-II' diesel engine that develops 75ps. This derivative releases only 84g/km of CO2 when combined with the Blue Drive technologies of the brand. This makes the car the lowest emitting diesel combustion powertrain available anywhere. The engine, which features the brand's expertise in clean diesel technology, was built at Hyundai's Diesel Centre of Excellence-- a branch of the European R&D set-up in Rüsselsheim, Germany. This innovative engine will be offered together with another sub-100g/km diesel powerplant in the body of the 90ps 4-cylinder 1.4 L 'U-ll' engine that releases 96g/km with the assistance of the brand's Blue Drive technologies. The roster is completed by the 100ps 1.4L and an 85ps 1.2L petrol engines.

The new model is available in three primary trim levels beginning with Classic, then Active and finally Style. Starting with Classic, every version includes a host of basic specifications like air conditioning, remote central locking, ESP, 6 air bags, and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) which is a first on the i20.

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