Hyundai i20 WRC campaign in full swing
Hyundai has been testing its 2014 WRC car, proving if nothing else that there is nothing that a World Rally Championship make-over can’t make look cool.
The meanest looking i20 on the planet completed more than 550 km of testing, which Hyundai says was solely for the benefit of shaking down the car’s new 1,6-litre turbocharged engine.
While the original concept was built in South Korea at Hyundai’s R&D centre, development has now moved to the firm’s German headquarters, where it will undergo testing on all conceivable WRC surfaces.
Hyundai is planning on debuting the i20 at the first rally of the 2014 season, the historic Monte Carlo event.
There’s no word yet on who will be piloting the car, as Hyundai WRC team boss Michel Nandan has yet to announce the team’s test drivers.
Of course, what we are really rooting for is that this new-found connection to motorsport will result in Hyundai pushing the dynamic limits of its halo performance vehicles with models talented enough to compete with the likes of the RS, ST and GTI nameplates.
There is no doubt that the quality is already there these days, but we would like that to be accompanied by a little more kick!