Hyundai Unveils New i20 WRC Car for 2016 Season

Hyundai is getting ready for its third WRC season since the brand returned to the famed competition.
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The South-Korean manufacturer unveiled the new i20 WRC car for the 2016 season. It will race all 14 events of the 2016 calendar, and the driver's roster remains the same. Dani Sordo, Hayden Paddon, and Thierry Neuville are confirmed for a full 2016 season with Hyundai Motorsport and the new i20.

Hyundai's latest WRC car has acquired over 8,000 kilometers of testing until launch and has proven to be quicker than its predecessor. The guys at Hyundai are confident in their shot at a 2016 WRC title and promise a competitive debut in next year's first event, the 2016 Rallye Monte Carlo.

We're speaking of a competitive start in the 2016 WRC season because Hyundai used this year's WRC events to develop its prototype car through a year-long test program. Thanks to this "year of sacrifice," Hyundai has a more competitive WRC car and plans to give Volkswagen and Citroen a run for their money next season.

If Hyundai Motorsport's driver and co-driver roster are in top shape in 2016, the great Sebastien Ogier could receive a similar treatment. The 2015 WRC season ended in 3rd place for Hyundai Motorsport's major team, right behind Volkswagen and Citroen.

In the driver's standings, the best ranked Hyundai driver is Thierry Neuville, who completed the season in 6th place. Hyundai's Dani Sordo came in 8th, with Hayden Paddon right behind him in 9th.

For a team racing with a development car during an entire season for testing purposes, the results are outstanding. After all, Hyundai Motorsport factory team surpassed M-Sport World Rally Team and Volkswagen Motorsport's second team.

The 2016 WRC Season promises to showcase an exciting battle between three factory teams and several independent associations. Up next, the 2017 season will mark Toyota's return in the WRC, another legendary manufacturer that obtained impressive results in the past. Toyota's team will be led by the legendary Tommi Makinen.
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