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Hyundai Motorsport unveiled its new challenger for the FIA World Rally Championship’s WRC 2 and WRC 3 support categories on Wednesday (21 October) morning. The i20 N Rally 2 is a replacement for the current R5 car and is intended for private teams. Testing will begin later this month with the first deliveries to customers and final homologation scheduled for 2021. The car, which is being developed by Hyundai’s customer racing department at its German base in Alzenau, is derived from the i20 N road car. Design work began in January this year. The five-speed sequential gearbox from the R5 car has been carried over but almost every other part of the i20 N Rally2 is new, including the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine and revised suspension. Learnings from the R5 car since its debut in late 2016 have been carried forward, but the switch to a new chassis brings a big step in nearly every aspect of the new car’s design. The R5 was the first car built by the customer racing department and Hyundai Motorsport team principal Andrea Adamo said the i20 N Rally2 showed the progress made in the five years since the department was created. “Every area of the new car is an improvement over the original thanks to the design work completed by our dedicated team of designers and engineers,” he added. “Our focus is now on testing the car to further develop each aspect of the design to improve both performance and reliability, while also ensuring that the handling enables each and every one of our customers to achieve the best possible results when they can start competing with the i20 N Rally2 next year.”
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