HYUNDAI IS PREVIEWING ITS 2016 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGER AT FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW IN GERMANY THIS WEEK.
The delayed New Generation i20 WRC is displayed on the Korean manufacturer’s stand in a motorsport-based livery, although it is not the colour scheme the car will bring to the stages at its debut at Rallye Monte-Carlo in January.
The car was expected to be based on the three-door i20 model and break cover this season. However, Hyundai Motorsport announced in April that it would be delayed until 2016 due to a hold-up in the production of the road vehicle.
As a result the German-based squad switched its focus to the five-door version, which Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo, Hayden Paddon and Kevin Abbring have been testing.
The preview version shown in Frankfurt displays a large N logo on its grille, linking the car to Hyundai’s new performance brand. The current WRC car carries an i20 logo on its front.