Does a WRC car make a good daily driver? The police didn't seem to think so.

1y ago


As far as road-testing and reviewing cars for a living, there are often some very interesting days behind the wheel of supercars on famed racetracks around the world, but then there are some truly unique days. Such as a particular day in November this year, when CarAdvice had the opportunity to get (with a great deal of effort) behind the wheel of a World Rally Championship (WRC) race car for a whole day.

The police seemed pretty interested in the WRC car when parked at Bondi.

No, we weren’t going to drive it through a rally stage – what would be the point of that really? When you could’ve watched a professional doing it just a few days earlier at the Australian round of the WRC held in Coffs Harbour and surrounding areas – instead, we were going to have some fun.

When the opportunity came to drive a Hyundai i20 WRC car through Sydney, there were some interesting questions as to what to do with it. Frankly, given a WRC car costs about $750,000 (not including LCT, if you were to buy it) and is not exactly something yours truly would get to ‘review’ on a weekly basis, we had to think differently. In fact, this is anything but a review, because the only people that can review a WRC car are the WRC drivers themselves.

What's a test drive without a trial run through the KFC drive-through?

So, with that burden of reviewing the performance aspect out of the way, we got behind the wheel and headed out into the unsuspecting streets of Sydney.

The office for the day.

Weaving through Sydney traffic was not easy, considering the extreme limited visibility out of the i20.

You can read the full story by Alborz Fallah at CarAdvice here.

Chilling with the engineers from Hyundai, at the beach