We’ve just seen the all-new Hyundai i20 supermini for the very first time – we’ll have to wait until the Paris Motor Show in September to see it in the metal, so we’re swapping back to news of the next best Hyundai i20 in existence: the Hyundai i20 WRC car.
Still in its first year of full-time competition, the newly formed Hyundai World Rally team is actually based in Germany, so targeting victory at the next round of the World Rally Championship, Rally Deutschland, there could be a home win on the cards.
Lead driver Thierry Neuville will stay in the number 7 car, while two further Hyundai i20 WRCs will join him.
Spanish rally ace Dani Sordo will line up in number 8, while Bryan Bouffier – one of the i20 WRC’s development drivers – will also take to the start line for the ninth round of the 2014 WRC.
Hopefully, reliability should be strong – one of the key factors of any successful rally car.
In preparation, the team has already completed a three-car test over several days in Trier, Germany, close to where the rally will be run.
On top of this, after introducing new engine parts for Rally Finland, which proved successful on the fast, gravel Scandinavian stages, Hyundai will also further durability this time out by playing some chassis “jokers.” These include stronger supports for the radiator and front wheel arches.
Hyundai’s focus for Rally Germany is very much on reliability. With a new car coming next year, the speed can be found – achieving strong durability in its first year of WRC competition for more than a decade is the key, something which Hyundai is already well on the way to succeeding at.
Just like its road cars, reliability is at the core of Hyundai’s brand values, whether its on the car-killing stages of the World Rally Championship or the daily commute, Hyundai understands how important dependability in your car is.
And by developing the all-new Hyundai i20 in the cauldron of motorsport, with lessons learnt through its current rallying project, it’s bound to benefit the new supermini.