Hyundai continues to be one of the most competitive brands in the FIA World Rally Championship. So the Korean brand decided to showcase its future weapon for the 2017 season, during this year Paris Motor Show.
The team, which is currently second in the WRC manufacturers’ classification on 201 points, has been testing the new 2017 prototype since April across numerous locations in Europe and in a variety of different conditions.
The car, based on a three-door Hyundai i20, has been developed to meet WRC’s 2017 technical regulations, which have given greater aerodynamic freedom to designers.
Hyundai Motorsport has an extensive testing programme lined up in the final part of 2016 in order to further evolve the car ahead of its debut at Rallye Monte-Carlo in January.
WRC regulations for the 2017 season also offer teams more power, an increase to 380HP, more downforce, Electronic Active central differential and the ability to compete with longer and wider vehicles. The combined objective of these new technical rules is to create an even more dynamic and spectacular show in the popular WRC.
The livery on show in Paris is an interim version, with the final specification and look of the car only to be revealed in December.
Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities and primarily for its World Rally Championship programme. Based in Alzenau on the outskirts of Frankfurt in Germany, the company embarked on its debut season in the FIA World Rally Championship in 2014