Hyundai have unveiled their i20 challenger to the WRC in 2017, with the new regulations making the cars more aggressive, lighter and much more powerful.
The Hyundai i20 was unveiled at the Monza circuit and Hyundai’s Motorsport president said,
“It has been busy but finally our new baby is born. We aim to win the championship with our strong team and top level drivers and co-drivers.”
Thierry Neuville was a distant 2nd in 2016 for Hyundai with the dominant Sebastien Ogier over 100-points ahead in the standings. Team Principal Michel Nandan wants to build on the successes of 2016 given that Hyundai were also runners-up in the Constructor standings. He said,
“It’s an opportunity to put into practice everything we have learned and experienced in the past three seasons. Having finished in second position in 2016 we want to demonstrate our ability to fight for the championship in 2017.
We built positive momentum, particularly in the second part of the championship, so we want to continue that into 2017. We have the confidence in the team to compete at the front and to be seen as genuine contenders in WRC’s new era.”
– Michel Nandan
Other manufacturers are yet to lift the lid on their 2017 challengers. Theirry Neuville will surely lead the team next season, and is hopeful of putting in a title bid in 2017.
“My initial impressions of the car in testing were very positive. The increase in power is incredible while the additional grip and driveability gives us more confidence to push.
We had a very positive 2016 season, and I was delighted to finish the season second in the championship. Of course, from here there is only one place to go, and we want to be firmly in the fight for the title in 2017.”
– Thierry Neuville
Here is a look at the 2017 challenger: