Hyundai Motorsport Unveils Updated i20 Rally Car
Hyundai Motorsport has taken another giant step in its return to FIA World Rally Championship success with the unveiling of the updated i20 WRC rally car at the Geneva Motor Show.
Hyundai has been preparing for the 2014 WRC season, privately testing and developing the i20 model in hopes that it will be a challenger in the WRC.
The first iteration of the Hyundai i20 was revealed last September at the Paris Motor Show.
This latest model shows significant updates in bodywork and suspension than the one on display in France.
The latest specification of the WRC i20 strikes a brilliant pose thanks to a redesigned livery. It’s a dynamic combination of Hyundai’s corporate blue and characters taken from the native Korean script, Hunminjeongeum.
Styling, Chassis Upgrades
The external appearance of the car has been updated with the addition of a new rear wing and front spoiler.
There have also been changes made to the suspension kinematics and chassis stiffness, with those improvement made so that the upgraded Hyundai i20 rally car can begin a more structured test program in the coming months.
Team principal Michael Nandan, who joined the Hyundai WRC team a couple of months ago, said that the focus has been on aerodynamics, with the main goal being to improve the cooling systems of the i20 WRC.
Testing will become more intensive in the next few months as the Hyundai WRC team readies the car for its maiden season in the WRC.
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