Hyundai Motorsport has become the first manufacturer to reveal the final version of its 2017 World Rally Championship challenger, the i20 Coupe WRC, in Italy this week.
The new WRC challenger car was unveiled at a media event at Monza on Thursday and is the Korean team's third new World Rally Car car since entering the WRC series in 2014.
Drivers Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo revealed the team’s third new World Rally Car at Monza race circuit. The aggressive-looking i20 challenger has been designed to meet the new set of regulations which will require more powerful and lighter cars.
The Hyundai’s announcement marks the first official event for the new generation of WRC cars upon the changes to motorsport regulations with focus on improving aerodynamic and mechanical grip.
According to Motorsport, the 2017 WRC season will see a revised set of regulations applied in the race, which said to focus more on aerodynamics, engine power, and mechanical grips.
Hyundai has been testing its 2017 WRC prototype since April and has already completed more than 6,000 km of development, with further work scheduled ahead of its competitive debut at Rallye Monte-Carlo in January 2017.
The Korean team will kick off the WRC season with drivers Thierry Neuville, Dani Paddon, and Hayden Paddon, all signing new contracts committing themselves to the Korean team until the end of 2018.
With a new set of regulations allowing racing teams to nominate three potentially point-scoring drivers in the manufacturer’s championship, Hyundai will now able to compete under the single Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team after three seasons of competing with two racing teams.
In addition, Hyundai also retains the same driver line-up from 2016 with Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon, reuniting under the single Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team.
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