Hyundai Motorsport has whipped the covers of the i20 N Rally1, a hybrid-powered rally car built for the brand-new era of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). According to the Korean carmaker, “The team has worked tirelessly in an intensive test programme to develop its new contender for its ninth season at the pinnacle of international rallying.”

i20Said Scott Noh, president of Hyundai Motorsport, “We are excited to be part of this new hybrid era of WRC and to demonstrate Hyundai’s firm commitment to international motorsport. WRC is about putting the most technically advanced cars, driven and navigated by the best crews, on the world’s toughest stages, and the 2022 season is set to take things to the next level.

“Furthermore, from a corporate perspective, it is important for Hyundai to be associated with road-relevant technology; the WRC’s hybrid move brings together the brand’s motorsport and road car activities. We are confident we have the package to fight for our third manufacturers’ title – and to support our crews to be in the hunt for the driver’s and co­driver’s titles too.”

i20Based on the i20 N road car, Hyundai says the WRC version “will further cement the link between motorsport and the firm’s production-car technology. The i20 N Rally1 is powered by a “traditional” four-cylinder, 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which incorporated a “common” plug-in hybrid unit. The latter is coupled to a 3.9 kWh battery, which operates at “up to” 750 volts.

Power and torque are sent to all four corners via a five-speed manual gearbox. The i20 N Rally1 is equipped with fore and aft mechanical differentials.