We’re aware of the dominance of European cars in European cars in World Rally Championship, while American and Japanese cars are rapidly rising above. Now, there is a new kid on the block, and this one is a Korean make. As much as the Hyundai critics would beg to differ, the Korean automaker believes the i20 hatchback is ready for the 2013 World Rally Championship.
The rally-spec i20 will be tuned to endure one of the most unforgiving tracks around the world in the 2013 WRC. As of now, there is no word on the Korean automaker’s offer in WRC, but the coming month will see the product rolling out. The prototype of the car is ready, and Hyundai is in reports for ordering the parts for the championship.
Just to keep you in the loop, Hyundai had quit WRC in 2003 after disappointing performance for four years. After great achievements in sales throughout the world, Hyundai is buckling up to enter the WRC. Now, we know that automakers first test their new technology on track before implementing on the production vehicles. With a touch from the racing department, Hyundai could shred away the poor handling of present lineup.
Speaking of which, German automaker Volkswagen is offering the rally-spec Polo-R to lock horns with the i20 hatchback in 2013 WRC. With so many exciting products entering the WRC, we may have to check the F1 schedule for clashes.