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Hyundai Unveils i20 WRC Car

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Hyundai has made up its mind to return to World Rally Championship (WRC). The Korean company which withdraw from the motorsport last decade is preparing itself for its comeback to the prestigious WRC with its new rally car based on its globally acclaimed i20 hatchback. Hyundai unveiled its rally car today and is making constant efforts for coming up with an efficient in-house rally team in Europe for WRC and to come up with a new performance rally car. Hyundai however have not disclosed any timeline for its comeback to sports.

The rally concept of the i20 draws some similarity with the Elantra GT and is a three-door car with aggressive looks. The rally model of the Hyundai i20 will be turbocharged and produces 300 BHP of power mated to a fully sequential gearbox driving power to all four-wheels. As per the new engine regulations, all the cars will be powered by a 1.6-litre engine. The car has undergone various engineering transformations to withstand the adverse terrains and climatic challenges for competing into the WRC, which is one of the toughest motorsports competition of the world. The team is still undergoing development work and it could take some more time.

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Hyundai will face the fierce competition from some major global manufacturers. Mini is gearing up to compete with its new Countryman rally car and Volkswagen will follow the footprints with its rally version of its successful Polo. Fiat will also turn up with its Abarth 500 to give a cut throat competition and if that’s not enough, Toyota will enter its car based on the Yaris platform. But the fans will miss top competitor Citroen in the race, as it may pull out due to financial constraints. Will the Hyundai i20 WRC model handle like rally car should?

Hyundai i20 WRC Car

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  • Muhammad

    Thanks Sankalp. 1.6L petrol engine with 300 BHP, modern technology can convert any dream into reality by determination.

    • S Pani

      Actually it’s not that tough to get that much out of a 1.6L engine, especially in a rally car.

      Rally engines use a simple tool to achieve it. Its called a honking big turbo.

      Such a large turbo is completely impractical in real world, as the turbo by itself would need a lot of power to run, thus it will have a massive lag. Thus basically if you are not at a high enough rpm, all the engines power gets used up in running the turbo only.

      These rally turbos are so big, the turbo takes up about 80-100hp by itself.

      I remember such a rally based car had been put up by Mitsubishi with their EVO8. They put such a big turbo on a 2L engine, that they got 400hp out of it. But if you were in 5th or 6th gear doing 50kmph, and you put your foot down, it took about 4-5secs before you saw any acceleration at all, because the turbos was eating up all the power.

    • John H.

      Sounds like you’re talking about the FQ-400 they sell in the UK. Top Gear did a test of the car in one of their episodes where they showed just how long that big turbo takes to spool up when you punch it at low RPM in a high gear.

    • Aron

      You’re talking about a supercharger (that’s what eats power, because they are belt drive and thus require the engine to spin them). A turbocharger on the other hand, is spun by exhaust gases.

      Turbo lag, such as on the FQ400 on Top Gear you refererance is due to having to use a large turbo to produce high output, which requires sizing which takes a long time to spool up. Conversely, you can have smaller turbos that spool quickly, but run out of their efficiency at much lower HP outputs

    • S Pani

      When high pressures in the exhaust manifold are needed spool up big turbos, it seriously hampers the efficiency of the engine, by increasing the pumping losses encountered. So, a turbo may not eat up as much power and not in a direct manner as a supercharger does, but it still eats up power. And a big turbo reduces efficiency to really low levels, causing a considerable drop in the amount of power that is being generated in the first place.

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