Hyundai i20 WRC revealed

27 Sep, 2012 7:00am Tom Phillips

Hyundai i20 WRC revealed as firm re-enters World Rally Championship

The Hyundai i20 WRC has been revealed. The i20 will take on the might of the VW Polo R and Ford Fiesta RS WRC in the World Rally Championship.

Based on the latest i20 three-door, the i20 WRC has been built behind closed doors at Hyundai’s base in Germany, and marks the company's return to the WRC for the first time since 2003.

Hyundai’s previous rally effort was centred around the Accent WRC, run by Milton Keynes-based Motor Sport Developments. However, that car couldn't match the championship front-runners and never won a WRC event.

This time around, Hyundai’s approach is different, creating the i20 WRC from scratch in-house and building up its own team to take on the world’s best rally cars and drivers.

Mark Hall, marketing director at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “The World Rally Championship is recognised as one of the most dramatic sporting series on Earth. It’s a spectacle filled with excitement and dynamism – the perfect embodiment of the Hyundai brand.

“The WRC also offers the most technologically diverse challenge for an automotive manufacturer. Our participation will demonstrate Hyundai’s engineering excellence and durability and will also help to enhance our passenger vehicles in future.”

As with its competitors, the Hyundai i20 WRC is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine, which develops around 300bhp. Drive is via a six-speed sequential gearbox to all four wheels.