Hyundai has pulled the covers off its new i20 World Rally Car at the Paris Motor Show.
Based on the latest i20 three-door, Hyundai's new WRC machine is built to the new 2017 technical regulations which are aimed at providing faster, more spectacular action in an attempt to increase interest in the sport.Powered by a 1.6-litre turcbocharged four-cylinder engine, an increase in air intake restrictor size lifts power to around 280kW from the current i20 WRC's 230kW.
Greater aerodynamic freedoms have allowed Hyundai to fit much larger wings as well as a huge rear diffuser and front splitter, while a 55mm increase in allowable with means the i20 WRC wears massively flared guards to cover its wider tracks.
Minimum weight has decreased 25kg to 1175kg and electronically-controlled centre differentials are legal once again. As a result of these substantial modifications the 2017 machines are expected to be around 2sec/km faster than today's cars.
Hyundai currently has New Zealander Hayden Paddon and Spaniard Dani Sordo confirmed as drivers for next year, with its third driver Thierry Neuville currently embroiled in negotiations between Hyundai and Citroen.
The Hyundai i20 WRC has been undergoing an extensive test program on all surfaces since April with the car's final homologation specification to be finalised in the near future.
The finished car will be revealed in December before the 2017 WRC season kicks off in Monte Carlo on January 20.