Hyundai packs more power, same drivers, for WRC ’17

  • Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC revealed at Monza track
  • Drivers unchanged from 2016 rally season
  • Cars lighter, teched up, and more powerful
2017 HYUNDAI i20 WRC CAR: Image: Hyundai / Newspress
2017 HYUNDAI i20 WRC CAR: Image: Hyundai / Newspress

MONZA, Italy – Hyundai Motorsport will compete in its fourth World Rally championship in 2017 with a brand new car, the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.

The car, designed to meet WRC’s raft of new technical regulations, was unveiled during a media event on December 1 2016 at the Monza racetrack.

2017 HYUNDAI i20 WRC CAR: Image: Hyundai / Newspress
2017 HYUNDAI i20 WRC CAR: Image: Hyundai / Newspress

The two-door hatchback is the team’s third new car since its debut in the championship in 2014, following the Hyundai i20 WRC (2014/15) and the New Generation i20 WRC (2016).

‘GREAT TECHNICAL CHALLENGE’

The car, Hyundai says, is lighter, has better aerodynamics and mechanical grip and more engine power (up from from 225 to 285kW for the 13 events in 2017.

The team says it wants to improve on the 2016 rally season during which it won twice, had 10 podium finishes and was second in the Manufacturers’ championship.

Team principal Michel Nandan told The Corner in a media release: “We’re heading into a new era with the biggest change to the regulations for some time. It’s a great technical challenge but one we have tackled with enthusiasm.

2017 HYUNDAI i20 WRC CAR: Image: Hyundai / Newspress
2017 HYUNDAI i20 WRC CAR: Image: Hyundai / Newspress

“It’s an opportunity to put into practice everything we have learned through the previous three seasons, every team is starting from scratch.”

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The drivers will be the same as in 2016: Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo with three cars in every round.

2017 HYUNDAI i20 WRC CAR: Image: Hyundai / Newspress
2017 HYUNDAI i20 WRC CAR: Image: Hyundai / Newspress
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