Hyundai has presented a 'preview' of it 2017 World Rally Championship challenger at the Paris Motor Show.
The livery on show in Paris is an interim version, with the final specification and look of the car only to be revealed in December.
The team has been testing its brand new 2017 prototype since April across several locations in Europe and in a variety of different conditions. It is based on a three-door Hyundai i20 WRC and has been developed in line with new WRC regulations.
“The 2017 WRC regulations have allowed all teams to start from a blank page, which has offered us an exciting engineering challenge,” explained team principal, Michel Nandan.
“The changes will raise the level of entertainment in WRC on stages around the world with wider and more powerful cars. We have been putting our experience from two full seasons of WRC into practice, as we aim to build on our successful 2016 campaign.
“The 2017 car started testing in April with initial work centred on engine and powertrain testing. More recently, we have looked at suspension, differential and aero. There will be some small evolutions on both chassis and engine later this year. We look forward to revealing the final version of our 2017 car later this year.”
Meanwhile, Hyundai is in action this weekend at the tenth round of the 2016 Championship, Tour de Corse - Rallye de France, where it is fielding three new Generation i20 WRC cars. The team has enjoyed its most competitive WRC season to date this year with victories in Argentina and Sardinia and podiums in an additional four rallies, namely: Monte-Carlo, Sweden, Poland and, most recently, Germany.