The World Rally Championship has struggled in recent years, despite incredibly scenic locations, impressive cars, and one of the best drivers the world has ever seen. Nevertheless, Hyundai sees the WRC as an opportunity to flex its motorsports muscle, and is preparing a car for the 2014 season.Based on the i20
(not sold in North America--we get the Accent instead), Hyundai's WRC car certainly looks the part, as fierce a small hatchback as any Ford or Citroen.
The i20 WRC's first comprehensive test was run last week at a private facility near the team's Alzenau, Germany headquarters.
"The learning from the first tests for me is quite positive," said Michel Nandan, the team principal
. "We have now a lot of useful feedback to digest for the next steps of our preparation."
After three days and more than 340 miles of shakedown, the testing began, with engineers evaluating the car's overall performance, but focusing specifically on the new 1.6-liter WRC-spec turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Hyundai's first rally with the new i20 WRC will be the Monte Carlo Rally in January, 2014.
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