Hyundai is busy prepping for its first-ever entry in the World Rally Championship with the i20. At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai is showing the i20 WRC Rally car, which sports new skin and updated hardware.
For now, the show car is only showcasing updates to the suspension, aerodynamics, body stiffness, and exterior. The blue and matte black color scheme is accented with pops of orange on the grille, headlight housing, and brake calipers. The bodywork also features characters from a native Korean script. Hyundai isn’t ready to share powertrain details, but the production i20, which is slightly smaller than the U.S.-spec Accent, is currently offered with two gas-powered engines including a 1.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 99 hp and 101 lb-ft of torque, with a claimed 0-62 mph time of 11.6 seconds with a manual transmission. We expect the i20 WRC to arrive with at least triple the horsepower by means of turbocharging, which should be plenty for the pint-sized hatchback.
The i20 WRC is a joint collaboration between a team in Korea and the new Hyundai Motorsport GmbH division in Alzenau, Germany. WRC veteran Michel Nandan is managing the German facility and testing is expected to start later this year in a number of undisclosed spots in Europe.
“Our ultimate goal is to be victorious but we know that we have a lot of tough competition ahead of us,” Nandan said. “We will use this year to lay the solid foundations but hope to advance quickly as 2014 approaches.”
The short video below features the i20 WRC sporting pre-refreshed livery and having fun in its natural mud and dust-filled environment.