Hyundai i20 WRC
The Hyundai i20 WRC is a World Rally Car built by Hyundai for use from the 2014 World Rally Championship. It is based on the Hyundai i20 subcompact car, and was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The launch of the i20 marks Hyundai's return to the World Rally Championship after a ten-year absence. The car made its first competitive appearance at the 2014 Rallye Monte Carlo.
Thierry Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul at the 2014 Rally Deutschland.
|Category||World Rally Car|
|Predecessor||Hyundai Accent WRC (Hyundai Castrol WRT)|
|Successor||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC|
|Competition history (WRC)|
|Notable entrants|| Hyundai Shell World Rally Team|
Hyundai Motorsport N
|Notable drivers|| Chris Atkinson|
|Debut||2014 Monte Carlo Rally|
|First win||2014 Rallye Deutschland|
|Last win||2016 Rally Italia Sardegna|
The cars are prepared by Hyundai's performance division, Hyundai Motorsport, from a base in Frankfurt, Germany, and are driven by Thierry Neuville, with Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo in the 2nd and 3rd cars. A third i20 will be entered in the Rally of Portugal for Sordo, In 2014 2011 Production Car World Rally Champion Hayden Paddon drove the third car in seven events during the second half of the season. Additional development work was carried out by Bryan Bouffier.
For 2015, Hyundai retained Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon. In addition, Dutchman Kevin Abbring will be the main test driver for the new Hyundai i20 WRC. He will be entered on selected WRC events later in the year.
For 2016, Hyundai re-homologated the i20 to compete with the five-door version of the model. Neuville won at Italy and scored seven podiums, finishing runner-up behind Volskwagen driver Sébastien Ogier. Paddon also won in his debut in Argentina.
For the new regulation set in 2017 the car was replaced with the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.
|2014||1||2014 Rallye Deutschland||Tarmac||Thierry Neuville||Nicolas Gilsoul|
|2016||2||2016 Rally Argentina||Gravel||Hayden Paddon||John Kennard|
|2016||3||2016 Rally Italia Sardegna||Gravel||Thierry Neuville||Nicolas Gilsoul|
Complete World Rally Championship resultsEdit
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- "Hyundai hands Hayden Paddon WRC lifeline". Speedcafe.com. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
- "ADAC Rallye Deutschland Entry List". www.adac-rallye-deutschland.de. www.adac-rallye-deutschland.de. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- "Hyundai adds Hänninen". WRC.com. WRC.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "Neuville signs with Hyundai for 2014". WRC.com. WRC.com. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- Evans, David (17 December 2012). "Hyundai World Rally Car makes European test debut". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
- "Hyundai". World Rally Archive. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- Evans, David (27 September 2012). "Hyundai reveals new i20 World Rally Car". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- Evans, David (19 December 2012). "Hyundai's early WRC effort was more than just a show car". Motorsport News.
- "Hyundai Goes large in Portugal". WRC.com. WRC.com. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
- "Bouffier joins Hyundai as test driver". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
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