Hyundai Motorsport have entered the 2017 FIA WRC with the brand new i20 Coupe WRC. The car meets the new regulations for the 2017 season.
The i20 Coupe represents the team's 3rd new car in as many years. The new regulations were introduced to enhance the spectacle of WRC. The new car has an aggressive new look and while the challenges have always been improving aerodynamic and mechanical grip, the new engine power increase from 300 to 380 will provide another.
The team hopes to build on its previous season which secured it two victories and a total of 12 podium finishes. Hyundai Motorsport also came second in the Manufacturer's Championship.
Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We are heading into a new era for the sport with the biggest change to the regulations for some time. It’s a great new technical challenge and one that we have tackled with enthusiasm. It’s an opportunity to put into practice everything we have learned and experienced in the past three seasons. All teams are starting from scratch so we are on equal footing. Having finished in a fighting second in 2016, we want to demonstrate our ability to fight for the Championship next season – and we are confident the i20 Coupe WRC will help us do just that.”
As manufacturers will be able to field up to three cars in each round, Hyundai Motorsport’s three drivers will run under a unified banner in 2017: the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team.