Hyundai Motorsport has announced it will run a brand new paddle-shift gearbox in the i20 WRC cars of Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo for the first time at Rally Argentina.

The gearshift upgrade is based on a hydraulic system and Hyundai hope it will be more of a comfort to the drivers and improve its cars overall performance. The WRC team has been testing the new gearbox in Spain and are confident the new part will deliver instant gains.

The South Korean manufacturer also introduced an engine upgrade at the last WRC round in Mexico. The team will continue to modify the 2015 car for the remainder of the WRC season before launching an all-new i20 for next year.

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Team principal Michel Nandan is optimistic the new piece of kit will bring significant developments for Hyundai and close the gap on its manufacturer rivals.

"We hope to make another step forward in Argentina as we introduce the paddle-shift gear change mechanism on Thierry and Dani's Hyundai i20 WRC cars," Nandan said. "With this evolution and the injectors we had for the first time in Mexico we hope to be closer to our competitors.

"We prepared for Rally Argentina with some testing in Spain last month but it's difficult to know what to expect in Argentina because of the bad weather earlier this year that resulted in roads being swept away and lots of damage."

Initially Hyundai factory drivers Neuville and Sordo will receive the new gearbox in Argentina but it is expected to be introduced to Hayden Paddon's Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team car when the WRC returns to Europe, starting with Rally Portugal which is scheduled to host round five on the 21-24 May.