While carrying forward the core of the car that has already scored championship victories across Europe the Hyundai i20 R5 ‘20 features a number of important updates that will give customer drivers and teams greater performance on the stages.
The chassis features all-new dampers in both its tarmac and gravel configurations, offering improved balance and handling. Together with an updated steering system the changes to the chassis will give drivers added confidence in the car, and a more responsive package in all conditions.
Other significant changes are focused on the 1.6 litre, turbocharged engine. New pistons and liners will help boost the output to around 290hp. This increase in power, together with a step up in torque, can be felt throughout the power band in each of the five gears in the sequential gearbox. The improvement in performance was confirmed in recent trials, which included extensive running on a number of stages on both loose and sealed surfaces. Further tests will help to fine tune the changes before the new parts are homologated for the start of the 2020 season.
Externally the car can be differentiated from the previous versions by redesigned door mirrors and a re-profiled roof-scoop to improve airflow to the driver and co-driver, while the gearbox and brakes will also benefit from improved cooling ducts.
The new parts will be fitted as standard to cars delivered by the Customer Racing department from the start of 2020, while also being available as a kit for Hyundai Motorsport’s existing customers to update their machines and enjoy the improved performance on offer.
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Senior Sales Associate Andrew Johns said: “The R5 category is incredibly competitive, and in order to keep our customers at the front of rally championships around the world we need to almost continuously develop the package that we offer to our customers. The Hyundai i20 R5 ‘20 represents the largest single upgrade to the car since it was revealed at the end of 2016. The first tests we have completed show a good increase in performance, and the feedback from our drivers on the handling and balance has been very positive. We will continue to work to finalise the exact specifications of the new parts, but I am already confident that the updates will make the i20 R5 ‘20 a very strong contender for national and international rallying.”
Hyundai i20 R5 '20 Technical Specifications
Type 1.6 litre direct injection turbocharged
Air Restrictor 32mm*
Power (Max) 290hp @ 5,000rpm
Torque (Max) 440Nm @ 4,000rpm
Electronics Magneti Marelli ECU and power management system
Type Four-wheel drive
Gearbox Ricardo Sequential gearbox. Five forward gears, and one reverse
Differential Mechanical front and rear
Clutch Cerametallic twin-disc
Seats Sabelt FIA 8862 competition seats
Belts Sabelt six-point HANS compatible
Dashboard Compact configurable driver’s display
Chassis – Suspension
Front and rear MacPherson struts with three-way adjustable dampers
Steering Hydraulic power-assisted rack and pinion
Braking System Ventilated brake discs (300mm diameter for gravel, 355mm diameter for tarmac) four-piston calipers
Handbrake Hydraulic control
Wheels 8x18 inch for tarmac, 7x15 inch for gravel
Chassis – Bodywork
Structure FIA conformant reinforced steel body with Hyundai Motorsport designed welded multi-poin roll cage
Track Width 1,610mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 litres
Weight 1,230kg minimum – 1,390kg with driver and co-driver*
*mandated by FIA regulations