Hyundai has unveiled its 2017 WRC car

Next year's FIA Word Rally Championship will see the introduction of new technical regulations. They're primarily intended to make the cars look more dramatic, but aerodynamics should also benefit.

Performance is set to be enhanced, too. While power is still provided by a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine, maximum permissible output is up from 295 bhp (220 kW / 300 PS) to 375 bhp (280 kW / 380 PS).

Hyundai Motorsport's answer to the revised rules is the 2017 i20 Coupe WRC.

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 2017 Side

According to Michel Nandan, head of the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team, “We are heading into a new era for the sport with the biggest change to the regulations for some time. It's a great new technical challenge and one that we have tackled with enthusiasm.

“It's an opportunity to put into practice everything we have learned and experienced in the past three seasons. All teams are starting from scratch so we are on equal footing. Having finished in a fighting second in 2016, we want to demonstrate our ability to fight for the Championship next season – and we are confident the i20 Coupe WRC will help us do just that.”

Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo continue as Hyundai's drivers. All three are going to contest every round of the 2017 WRC.

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 2017 Front SideHyundai i20 Coupe WRC 2017 Rear Side

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