Based on the i20 that's just made its public debut at the Paris motor show, Hyundai's new rally racer differs uses a five-door shell rather than the more compact three-door body style favoured by the current WRC car.
But that's not the only difference. According to Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Michel Nandan, the new car is entirely new with hardly any carryover from the car it will replace.
“It’s a totally different car compared to current WRC model; the platform is different, the car is longer, lower and wider and it features a new engine, transmission and other components,” Nandan said.
Testing has already been conducted in Germany at a private facility with rally driver Bryan Bouffier at the helm, and the car is still in the shakedown process as Hyundai's WRC team readies it for competition.
That process is expected to continue for the rest of the year and into 2015.
"We will introduce it in competition when we are absolutely sure that it is ready to replace the current Hyundai i20 WRC – we’re not in a rush,” Nanden said.
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