HYUNDAI is fuelling a brand-new era of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with its Hyundai i20 N Rally1 challenger.
South Korean multinational automotive Hyundai has confirmed its commitment to the WRC by fully embracing the sport’s new Rally1 hybrid regulations that come into effect from 20 to 23 January at Rallye Monte-Carlo.
The team has put in a lot of effort to create a new contender for its ninth season at the pinnacle of international rallying. The WRC version, based on the Hyundai i20 N road car, will strengthen the link between motorsport and Hyundai’s production car technology as the team strives for more victories and championship titles in 2022.
“We are excited to be part of this new hybrid era of WRC and to demonstrate Hyundai’s firm commitment to international motorsport,” said Scott Noh, President of Hyundai Motorsport. WRC is all about putting the most technically advanced cars on the world’s most difficult stages, driven and navigated by the best crews, and the 2022 season is set to take things to the next level.
The new Rally1 technical regulations have been established to showcase WRC’s commitment to a sustainable future, as well as improvements to safety and equality between competitors.
Hybrid technology has been introduced into WRC for the first time, necessitating a new approach to rally car development, along with 100% sustainable fuel.
The Hyundai i20 N Rally1 is the product of the new regulations combining a traditional 1.6-litre internal combustion engine with a common plug-in hybrid unit and the breadth of experience built up by the team over eight competitive seasons in WRC.