Does not really matters how big a fanboy I am for Japanese cars, I agree that popular Korean car maker Hyundai has certainly come of age. Speaking from personal experience, the very people who used to refer to Hyundai cars as “Korean C**p” have now brought Hyundai models themselves (no, I still do not drive a Hyundai!). Now, if you ever had a doubt on i20’s prowess, this news should help you put those fears to rest. The Korean carmaker has unveiled the Hyundai i20 WRC- its WRC car based on i20 hatchback that it will use in the 2013 season. As is obvious, the Hyundai i20 WRC is a highly tuned variant of the road going version but this doesn’t means that the production car is not a well sorted out machine. It may be noted that Hyundai has previously participated in the popular WRC series from 2000 to 2003 but had to withdraw owing to lack of enough success. It may also be noted that the i20 locks horns with popular German car VW Polo in the Indian market and this fight is on its way to the WRC scene as Volkswagen will employ its Polo hatchback at the upcoming season of the popular rally.
Both the rally spec i20 and Polo sport a 1.6 Litre motor as per the new rules and regulations at the premier world rally sport.