12/01/2016, Fountain Valley, CA
- Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC suggested in special launch eventuality for media during a Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy
- Hyundai Motorsport drivers Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo will competition all 13 rounds of a 2017 Championship with a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
December 1, 2016 – Hyundai Motorsport will competition in a 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a code new challenger, a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. The car, that has been designed to accommodate WRC’s raft of new technical regulations, was denounced during an disdainful media eventuality currently during a Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy.
For Hyundai Motorsport, a three-door i20 Coupe WRC represents a team’s third new automobile given a entrance in a Championship behind in 2014 – following a Hyundai i20 WRC (2014-15) and a New Generation i20 WRC (2016). Entering a fourth WRC season, a group hopes to build on a certain duration of expansion in new years as it embarks on a new era.
The new automobile regulations for 2017 have been introduced to raise a altogether philharmonic of WRC even serve than before, with a new automobile sporting an assertive new demeanour and developed technologies. While changes have centered on improving aerodynamic and automatic grip, there has been an boost in engine energy from 300 to 380bhp as good as a rebate in a altogether weight of a car.
With a new car, a group hopes to build on a many successful deteriorate to date, in that it cumulative dual victories and an additional 10 lectern finishes. Hyundai Motorsport also second place altogether in a Manufacturers Championship in a 2016 season.
Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We are streamer into a new epoch for a competition with a biggest change to a regulations for some time. It’s a good new technical plea and one that we have tackled with enthusiasm. It’s an event to put into use all we have schooled and gifted in a past 3 seasons. All teams are starting from blemish so we are on equal footing. Having finished in a fighting second in 2016, we wish to denote a ability to quarrel for a Championship subsequent deteriorate – and we are assured a i20 Coupe WRC will assistance us do only that.”
There will be an unvaried motorist choice for 2017, that will offer a group critical fortitude with a introduction of a new car. Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo will competition all rounds of a Championship.
As manufacturers will be means to margin adult to 3 cars in any round, Hyundai Motorsport’s 3 drivers will run underneath a one ensign in 2017: a Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team.