Hyundai Updates i20 WRC for Geneva

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Hyundai is gearing up for the 2014 WRC with the latest iteration of its i20 WRC on show at Geneva 2013.

With the new i20 WRC, Hyundai is announcing its return to the World Rally Championship after a decade-long hiatus. The car first launched back in September at the Paris Motor Show, but has since received a glut of improvements as the carmaker prepares to enter the car for the 2014 WRC. Gone is the white and blue livery and white rims that adorned the car in Paris, with the revised model on show in Geneva sporting a blue and black theme and a set of black alloys.

A new rear wing and front spoiler further evolve the i20 WRC's appearance with other enhanced aerodynamics aimed at improving the car's cooling systems. Under the skin, improvements have also been made to the suspension and chassis stiffness. Private testing of the i20 WRC is planned in the coming months at various locations across Europe while the car will continue to be updated by Hyundai's R&D facility in Namyang, South Korea, in collaboration with the newly formed Hyundai Motorsport division in Alzenau, Germany, headed by veteran WRC man Michel Nandan.

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