The latest-generation Hyundai i20 WRC racer has just been introduced at the ongoing IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015. The 2016 model will replace the existing i20 used in the World Rally Championship and make its racing debut next season.

Hyundai claims that the brand new i20 WRC car not only features improved aerodynamics over the existing model but it also features a more efficient powertrain and a better weight distribution. It is believed that the 2016 i20 WRC features the same 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with direct injection as the outgoing model. Consequently, the same 300 hp at 6000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm can be expected.

Other key mechanical components of the 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC include its six-speed sequential transmission, four-wheel drive system, cerametallic twin-plate clutch, mechanical differentials both front and rear as well as MacPherson struts with adjustable dampers. Also featured are massively potent ventilated brakes from Brembo.

Hyundai has confirmed that testing of the new i20 WRC is well underway before its racing debut at next year’s Rally Monte Carlo.

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