Hyundai Motorsport has taken the covers off the 2017 World Rally Championship car, the i20 Coupe WRC in Monza, Italy.
The 2017 WRC season will kick off from January 2017 and the Korean car maker will begin its fourth season with the i20 Coupe WRC car. The 2017 WRC gets a major change with new regulations.
The 2017 i20 WRC sports a beefier and aggressive look compared to the current WRC machines. This is mainly because of the change in regulations to globally improve the level of sport.
The car not only looks aggressive but will perform in the same way when it comes to rally stages. The car features aerodynamic upgrades such as larger wing, massive rear diffuser and newly designed front bumper for increased stability.
The engine output has also been upgraded as per the new regulations. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine will produced 380bhp of power compared to the 300bhp of current WRC cars.
The new 2017 i20 WRC has also shed some weight and thanks to the re-introduction of central differential the 2017 WRC cars will be the fastest WRC cars in the series.
Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal, Michel Nandan said, "This is the biggest change to the regulations for some time. It's a great new technical challenge and one that we have tackled with enthusiasm."
Hyundai has retained the same driver line up as the 2016 season. Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo will pilot the three i20 Coupe WRC cars alongside their co-drivers Nicolas Gilsoul, John Kennard and Marc Marti respectively.
The three car line-up will be run under a single team named as Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team. Whereas until 2016 only two cars per team was allowed to enter under a single team.