It may have taken longer than a lot of people would have liked, but that’s the price you pay if you’re a company that’s looking to break ground in a racing series it hasn’t entered since 2003..
After a year of testing and development, Hyundai has finally pulled the covers off of the i20 World Rally Championship racecar. And if we do say so ourselves, it looks positively glorious.
The unveiling happened at a recent event in Frankfurt when the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team officially announced that it had finally wrapped up the project in time for next season’s WRC season. Lead driver, Thierry Neuville, was given the honor of presenting the car with teammate Juho Hänninen serving as the driver of the second vehicle.
Earlier this year, Hyundai presented an updated version of the racecar at the Geneva Motor Show yet it was clear that the show car at the event was still a long ways away from being completed. This one, though, is the final product, and it comes complete with all the cursory aerodynamic modifications set to rally specifications, not to mention a cavalcade of graphics and liveries that show all of the team’s partners for next year’s WRC season.
Updates to the chassis and suspension were of importance for the team, seeing as it will be tackling a racing series that will feature its share of bumpy roads. There’s also a new rear wing, a front spoiler, and an interior that’s been redesigned specifically for rally purposes.
Based on our estimates, the 2014 Hyundai i20 WRC racecar is likely to receive a 1.6-liter, in-line-four engine that produces close to 300 horsepower, which should be good enough to hit 60 mph in five to six seconds to go with a top speed of about 160 mph.
Click past the jump to read about the previous incarnation of the Hyundai i20 WRC, the one that we saw at Geneva last March
Hyundai Motor Co. has launched a new sub-brand called "N." The new brand will consist of high-performance road cars, as well as the ambitious rally car project. As we know, Hyundai will be a part of the 2014 World Rally Championship and its resident rally car, the i20 WRC , will be the first product built under this new N brand.
By now, you must be wondering why the letter "N;" well, Hyundai is based in Namyang, Korea, and that is where the "N" comes from — easy enough. In an odd twist, the Hyundai N performance division isn’t actually based in Korea; it is actually stationed in Alzenau, Germany, which just outside Frankfurt.
This German plant is home to the 2014 rally car, and it is where the company has plans to build its road cars under the new N sub-brand. Having said that, we can’t say for sure whether these N performance rigs will be bespoke sports car or just tuned versions of existing Hyundai models.
Speaking at the press briefing, Hyundai motorsport president, Gyoo-Heon Choi, said: "This is the start of a new chapter in Hyundai’s history, one that we expect to have a positive impact on our brand around the globe."
Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai i20 WRC
Hyundai has unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show an updated version of its i20 WRC racecar set to be used in the FIA World Rally Championship in the 2014 racing season. The new racecar is the result of a cooperation between Hyundai’s R&D facility in Namyang, Korea and the newly formed Hyundai Motorsport GmbH in Alzenau, Germany.
Unlike the model unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, the new i20 WRC features numerous updates to the aerodynamics, thanks to the addition of a new rear wing and front spoiler. Also updated were the chassis and suspension to improve cooling, enhance suspension kinematics and chassis stiffness. The model also received a redesigned livery that combines Hyundai’s corporate blue with innovative characters from the native Korean script, Hunminjeongeum.
The model will soon begin a more intensive test program at various locations in Europe and depending on the results, the car will be updated to be ready for the 2014 racing season.
If you haven’t been following the world of rally racing for the past decade, you’re probably surprised that there seems to be a disproportionate level of buzz surrounding Hyundai’s return to the World Rally Championship?
Wait, did they ever leave? That’s one of the questions we’ve received from some folks and the answer, of course, is yes. Back in 2003, in fact.
That’s why when Hyundai opens their exhibit at the 2012 Paris Motor Show with the i20 World Rally Championship Rally Car, nobody should be surprised because it’s a really big deal.
As far as details are concerned, the Korean automaker is keeping that close to their chest, particularly because there could be more than just WRC-prepped model in attendance at Paris. What we’ve been informed, though, is that the car is expected to carry a turbocharged engine that hits all the right notes at 200 horsepower.
Keep it close here because Hyundai’s apparent interest in returning to the World Rally Championship could all be confirmed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. After all, they wouldn’t go through all the trouble of building this rally prototype of the i20 if they weren’t that serious.
About 10 years ago, Hyundai Accent owners ever walked with their chests puffed out a little bit, as their daily driver econo-hatch was actually being raced in the World Rally Championship. Despite the impressiveness that Hyundai actually got this car into the WRC, it was a widely unsuccessful attempt because it never got a podium appearance and Hyundai cut funding in 2003.
It looks like Hyundai is ready to jump back into the WRC circuit, only this time with a more highly modified vehicle. It will also not be an Accent, but rather a heavily modified i20. However, don’t expect this Hyundai rally ride to look as much as the i20 in your garage as the Accent rally car did, as this model will sit on a chassis that is significantly wider and lower than the factory model.
In addition to the modified chassis, this i20 will ditch the 1.2- and 1.4-liter gasoline engines that it comes standard with and instead have the turbocharged 1.6-liter from the Veloster . There is no way that Hyundai would enter the WRC with a stock 201-horsepower 1.6-liter engine, so we assume that Hyundai will pump this engine to over 300 ponies to keep it competitive.
We definitely expect a much better performance by Hyundai this time around because the company has really come into its own when it comes to technology. Hyundai has also become one of those brands that folks can rally around, as it has really come from often being the butt of automotive jokes to a well-respected company that actually gives the big boys – Honda, Toyota and Nissan – a run for their money. So, don’t be surprised if to see the fancily written “H” on the podium at some point in the 2013 WRC series WRC.
Hyundai ’s i20 ] will be going through some drastic design changes this year, as proven by these recent spy images of the facelift model. The company hopes to completely change the look of its supermini for the 2013 model year and will be unveiling the result of the changes at the end of 2012.
The design of facelift Hyundai i20 will get influenced by the recently launched i40 , with a new hexagonal grille, two jewel-like headlamps, and characterful lines that connect the front and rear of the vehicle. The rear lights and rear bumper will undoubtedly be updated as well, considering they are covered in heavy camouflage on this test model. Inside, the i20 will also be refreshed with changes coming to the dash and the front and rear seats.
Hyundai seems to be only focusing on the aesthetics of the vehicle, because up until now, the i20 looks to be powered by the same ranges of engines as the current model. Expect to see the usual 1.2- and 1.4-liter petrol engines, as well as two diesel engines with either 75HP or 90 HP.
Collaborations between auto manufacturers and designer brands are nothing new. It seems that every time a partnership is announced, you can bet that another one will make the headlines sooner rather than later.
Hyundai is jumping into the picture after announcing a special edition series of models for the i10 and the i20 . The two special edition models were each given their own makeover, complete with individualized color combinations and exclusive features that aren’t present in other models.
Fiorucci first worked on the i10 city car, giving it a host of color combinations to choose from. These colors include Stone Black, Deep Blue Ocean, Oyster Gray, Sleek Silver, and Crystal White. The colors are also present on the car’s interior upholstery and are likewise complimented on the outside by a colorful grille and side mirror caps that come in a choice of two colors: verde lime or fuscia.
Apart from the special colors, the i10 Fiorucci edition also comes with its fair share of other features including a Park Assist system, a retractable soft-top, and a 1.1-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 66 horsepower.
In addition to the i10, Fioruccio also took a stab at making over the i20 supermini. Similar to the i10, the i20 is given five different color options, including Black Diamond, Dark Gray, Sleek Silver, Blue Spark, and Crystal White.
As for the i20’s interior, Fioruccio gave it a black and orange two-tone theme, a pair of glass sunroofs, a Park Assist system, and a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 78 horsepower.
Pricing for the two special edition vehicles goes at €10,990 ($15,300) for the i10 and €14,990 ($21,000) for the i20.
Brabus is famous for tuning German models, and it usually goes for sportiness and luxury. But this time the German tuner went in a totally new and unexpected direction. The German tuner, in close cooperation to Hyundai developed the special edition i20 Sport.
The exterior package includes: body-colored front skirt and wheelarch flares to the exterior, while a glossy radiator grille mesh insert, black bezel headlights and daytime running lights are also introduced. The car’s sporty appearance is completed with the inclusion of a glossy B-pillar, smoked windows, dark red tinted rear lights and 17-inch Brabus alloy wheels with Yokohama tires.
On the interior the tuner added Orange leather Recaro seats, a black leather gearshift cover with orange-colored seams, a chrome gear shift knob, a leather-wrapped center console, leather-covered door panels, and a 7-inch touch screen navigation all bring added verve to the driving experience.
Here comes another Hyundai model that is expressing their new ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language. The Hyundai ix20 will join the Sonata , the Tucson , and the Concept RB in the models that express the flowing lines that will be the new look Hyundai wants to be associated with. Hyundai no longer wants to be seen as the brand with the boxy ‘minivan’ look and they are quickly changing the format to make this transition as fast as possible. The Hyundai ix20, a new B-segment MPV model, was the next target and only the second vehicle in Europe to adopt this design language. The newix20 will go on sale starting this November.
Hyundai says the new ix20 will offer their Five Year Triple Care warranty as well as "class-leading fuel economy and low CO2 emissions", but they fail to mention what those figures are. They do, however, mention figures for the i10 city car which will also be joining the ix20 in their Paris Motor Show appearance. The i10 city car will include a new 1.0-liter engine with CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. The new version of the i10 will go on sale early in 2011.
More details will be released at a later date, so stay tuned!
Updated 28/20/2010: Hyundai today announced the UK prices for the 2011 ix20 that will be going on sale on November 18 in three trim levels: Classic, Active and Style. The Classic model is priced at at £12,695 for the 1.4-liter petrol, £14,095 for the diesel and £14,095 for the 1.6-liter petrol auto. The Active will cost £1,100 more than the Classic and Style version starts at £13,695 for the 1.4-liter petrol, £15,095 for the diesel and £15,095 for the 1.6-liter petrol auto.
Hyundai has unveiled today the first details on the 2011 i20. This new model receives minor changes to the aerodynamics and engine compared to the previous. In UK the new i20 is on sale for £9,520.
On the exterior the 2011 Hyundai i20 receives a small spoiler underneath of the car to improve airflow around the wheels. On the interior the dashboard and instrument illumination is now blue rather than red and Bluetooth phone connectivity with voice recognition has been added as standard.
The engine line-up for the i20 will include the entry level 1.2-liter petrol engine, a 1.4-liter engine, and two diesel engines with either 75HP or 90 HP. All engines come with significant fuel consumption improvement and are mated to a six-speed gearbox. This was possible due to a Eco Drive indicator in the instrument panel that suggests the best point to change gear, using low friction engine oil and an alternator management system.