Hyundai Motorsport unveils new WRC challenger

Hyundai Motorsport 2017 Team Launch Monza, 1st December 2016Hyundai i20 Coupe WRCPhotographer: Sarah VesselyWorldwide copyright: Hyundai Motorsport GmbH

The first of the 2017 World Rally Championship cars has been unveiled by Hyundai Motorsport at a special event this week.

The Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC was shown at a special presentation at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza near Milan, Italy, and shows an evolution from the 2016 car.

Following a large change to the technical regulations, the i20 Coupe WRC has more aerodynamic bodywork to help with downforce – including an enlarged rear wing – and a more powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that now produces 380bhp, 50bhp more than last year's car.

Hyundai Shell Mobis Rally team has held on to their three drivers and co-driver pairings from last season, with Belgian Thierry Neuville, Spain's Daní Sordo and Hayden Paddon from New Zealand behind the wheel of the team's cars.

The German-based team finished second in the Constructors' championships, with Neuville also finishing second behind Drivers' champion Sebastien Ogier, who driver for the now-defunct Volkswagen Motorsport team.

Team principal Michel Nandan said: "We are heading into a new era for the sport with the biggest change to the regulations for some time. It's a great new technical challenge and one that we have tackled with enthusiasm.

"It's an opportunity to put into practice everything we have learned and experienced in the past three seasons. All teams are starting from scratch so we are on equal footing.

"Having finished in second position in 2016, we want to demonstrate our ability to fight for the Championship in 2017 – and we are confident the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC will help us do just that."

The 2017 WRC season starts on 20th January at the Rallye Monte-Carlo in Monaco and France.

Hyundai Motorsport unveil new WRC challenger

Hyundai Motorsport unveil new WRC challenger

Written by Jack Healy