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Old 09-27-2012, 06:10 PM   #1
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Default Hyundai Announces return to WRC

Another manufacturer returns to WRC

http://www.wrc.com/news/hyundai-conf...urn/?fid=17523

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This is the car that Hyundai will unleash on the stages of the FIA World Rally Championship when it returns to the series, possibly as early as 2013.


Based on the Korean car firm’s i20, the announcement at the Paris Motor Show this morning means that as many as five manufacturers are set to be active in the WRC’s top tier from next season, with Citroen, Ford, MINI and Volkswagen all set for action.
Mark Hall, Hyundai Motor Europe’s marketing director, said: “The World Rally Championship is recognised as one of the most dramatic sporting series on Earth. It’s a spectacle filled with excitement and dynamism - the perfect embodiment of the Hyundai brand.
“The WRC also offers the most technologically-diverse challenge for an automotive manufacturer. Our participation will demonstrate Hyundai’s engineering excellence and durability, and will also help to enhance our passenger vehicles in future.”
Hyundai began competing in the WRC in 1998 and launched its first World Rally Car, based on the Accent, in 2000. It called time on its motorsport activities towards the end of the 2003 season but always vowed to return with its own in-house operation, full details of which are due to be released soon along with news on the driver line-up and schedule for next year.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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Cool, lump this with the fact that Loeb announced he's only doing ca. 1/2 a year next year and it should be an exiting season.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:45 PM   #3
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Ah now I understand why they dropped out of GRX, pikes peak, etc.

awesome. Good to see.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:28 PM   #4
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Hyundai has displayed new updates to its 2014 World Rally Championship challenger at Geneva Motor Show.

A little more than five months after the i20 WRC broke cover at Paris Motor Show, the Korean manufacturer showed a revised version sporting aerodynamic updates and suspension improvements.

A new rear wing and front spoiler give the car a different look, while upgrades have also been made to the suspension kinematics and chassis stiffness.

“We are still in the infancy of our exciting WRC programme so the development curve for the car and team is steep,” explained team principal Michel Nandan. “This latest version of the i20 WRC has centred on aerodynamics with the objective of improving the car’s cooling systems.”

Nandan has recruited key technical, logistics and motorsports specialists for the new Hyundai Motorsport operation in Alzenau, Germany, and the squad will soon begin more intensive testing.

“Building up a new motorsport facility from scratch is an ambitious and rewarding challenge. We have begun the recruitment process but already have a number of key people in place who bring with them a wealth of rally and motorsport experience,” he said.

“We are rapidly building up the team infrastructure and are pleased that everything is running to schedule.

“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,” added Nandan.

The i20 WRC was resplendent in a redesigned livery which blends Hyundai’s corporate blue with characters from the native Korean script, Hunminjeongeum.
http://www.wrc.com/news/hyundai-show...wrc/?fid=18332

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Old 03-10-2013, 11:57 AM   #5
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I don't think there is such a thing as a bad looking rally car.
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:13 PM   #6
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Cool, lump this with the fact that Loeb announced he's only doing ca. 1/2 a year next year and it should be an exiting season.
You mean someone else might win?
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:07 AM   #7
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You mean someone else might win?
"might" being the key word.
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:18 PM   #9
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I also understand that Chris Atkinson is helping to develop the car, and could get one of there seats next year
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