Hyundai preparing to enter WRC in 2014

Hyundai Motor – through its German subsidiary, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH – is gearing up to take on the World Rally Championship in 2014. The model chosen for its campaign in the top level of rallying will be the i20 hatchback which is being developed by Hyundai’s Korean R&D centre together with its German subsidiary.

During 2013, the Hyundai team will be carrying out intensive testing and development as it progresses towards a competition-ready car. The i20 WRC will have a striking look, thanks to a redesigned livery which blends a dynamic treatment of Hyundai’s corporate blue together with an innovative use of characters from the native Korean script, Hunminjeongeum.

“We are still in the infancy of our exciting WRC programme, so the development curve for the car and team is steep. This latest version of the i20 WRC has centred on aerodynamics with the objective of improving the car’s cooling systems. A new rear wing and front spoiler give the i20 WRC a new external appearance while, under the bodywork, improvements have also been made to the suspension kinematics and chassis stiffness as we gear up for a more structured test programme later in the year ,” said Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal, Michel Nandan.

“Building up a new motorsport facility from scratch is an ambitious and rewarding challenge. We’ve been evolving rapidly since the beginning of the year and made great progress in filling all the main roles to establish our core team. We’re facing a big and exciting challenge, in building a team from scratch and we have now only 9 months to prepare for next year,” he said.

He added: “Hyundai is returning to the World Rally stage to demonstrate its technical capabilities on one of the world’s most competitive stages. Our ultimate goal is to be victorious but we know that we have a lot of tough competition ahead of us. We will use this year to lay the solid foundations but hope to advance quickly as 2014 approaches.”

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