11:15h, Alzenau (Germany). Hyundai Motorsport revealed its new i20 WRC, a car developed entirely in the computer base in the German town. A World Rally Car that in addition to changing the colours of the war -slightly – has also changed its philosophy in relation to its two predecessors. Is a model built from scratch and a sample of the stake and commitment of the Korean company with the World Rally. This Hyundai i20 WRC will only compete in 2016, which in 2017 will come into force a new technical regulations. Will this be sufficient effort to compete with the fearsome Polo R WRC?
8.000 kilometers of test have been served to calve this i20 WRC 2016, in a way in which they have solved some of the shortcomings of its predecessors and it has been shown that input is several tenths faster than the i20 WRC for 2015 per kilometer. The new World Rally Car of the hyundai brand is derived from the version of five-door Hyundai i20 street and as such is wider, longer and has a greater distance between axles that the model of 2015. With these measures, the gains in stability and handling.
The new model measures 4.035 mm long, 1,820 mm wide and has a 2.570 mm wheelbase. It is six centimeters longer than its predecessor, it reaches the maximum width allowed by the FIA and expands its wheelbase is 9 inches. Improvement in your weight distribution, being a car more stable and also with the best traction. Level engine, with a propeller 1.6 Turbo developed by Pipo Moteurs and with an output of 300 horses. It has also done a remarkable job on the suspensions and the aerodynamics, with large changes in the wheel arches or on the front.
Hyundai Motorsport has put all the meat on the grill and
is due to its great opportunity. The low of Citroën as an official team and the
opposition almost anecdotal M-Sport left to the Korean company as the only
rival Volkswagen in 2016. It is something to be very aware already that in the face of
2017 Volkswagen credits a project more evolved and Toyota and Citroën have
freedom of the test to the not being registered as official marks this season,
the opposition will be much higher. Hyundai plays to a letter with
three pilots of a long level.
Despite being a secret, surprised by the lack of a
pilot number one. The belgian Thierry Neuville lost the prominence that it has had until now on a computer
in which Dani Sordo, Hayden Paddon and the Neuville alternate roles according to
his performance, the surface type of each test and the results. Only the
time will tell if it is a good bet, but what is clear is that Hyundai
Motorsport gives free reign to their drivers to compete for wins, podiums and in
ultimately for the championship. They are obliged to do, although volkswagen has
it is a very hard opponent. Hyundai has given everything.