The i20 WRC is a rally car built by the South Korean and India’s second largest car manufacturer, Hyundai. Derived from the standard i20 street hatchback, the i20 WRC was mainly created as a mean for the brand to enter the world of Rally Motorsports again, after a long gap of nearly 10 years. It was unveiled last year at the Paris Motor Show. The car is slated to take part in its first official race at the Rally Monte Carlo that will commence in 2014, rumors say that it may compete in this year’s events to support improvement.
So this is how the car came around to be. The team drivers, Juho Hanninen, Chris Atkinson and Bryan Bouffier all drove the car in a private test twice, which took place a few days before the gravel test, in Chateau Lastours and Mazamet in the South of France last month. The team principal of Hyundai Motorsports, Michel Nandan said that, the gravel run gave the team an opportunity to rectify the perfunctory mechanisms of the car, like the suspension and transmission. He said that it was a much needed result as now the team knows on where to concentrate more.
And just after a few weeks of the first gravel testing, a video of the i20 WRC burning rubber on a rally track sneaked into the World Wide Web. It’s always a good feeling to watch a rally car, but is even better to watch that rally car being tested, who is going to be a future competitor. The i20 WRC will collide head on with rally giants like, Citroen, Volkswagen and Ford. Currently those 3 brands are competing in the 2013 season. The video shows the i20 WRC being notoriously verified. So far the car seems to be pretty quick and the sound it gives out is absolutely astounding, its sounds just a backfired gun shot. So this run will be marked a successful one of the car and the team alike.
Video From: rallisport.net