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Hyundai Motorsport

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Based:  DEU
Established: 2012
Principal: Michel Nandan
Drivers: Hayden Paddon, Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo
Tyres: Michelin

Essential information

Hyundai made its return to WRC competition in 2014 with an all-new team and ambitious long-term plans for success in rallying’s top class.

The Korean firm wasn’t new to the WRC. It competed in the F2 category between 1998 and 2000, before switching to a World Rally Car version of its Accent saloon until 2003.

Hyundai’s return was heralded by the unveiling of a prototype i20 World Rally Car at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012. Things moved quickly, with the establishment three months later of a new motorsport base in Germany.

Former Peugeot WRC technical head Michel Nandan was brought in to oversee the task of creating a fully operational team, a rally-specification i20 and developing a brand new motorsport facility - all from scratch and in 12 months.

At the wheel throughout 2014 was 2013 title runner-up, Thierry Neuville, with a second car shared by Dani Sordo, Bryan Bouffier, Juho Hanninen and Chris Atkinson. Hyundai was clear from the off that 2014 would be a development year, but it showed plenty of promise, including a surprise 1-2 result in Germany.

Team-leader Neuville was joined by Sordo on all rallies in 2015 as the squad switched to a consistent driver line-up, while a second-tier team ran a car for Hayden Paddon on most events.

An evolution of the i20 was due to be introduced during the year, but its arrival was delayed until the following season, which was a source of frustration for team-leader Neuville.

Sordo and Neuville were back for 2016, which turned out to be a breakthrough year. Neuville put the New Generation i20 on the podium at Rallye Monte-Carlo, but it was Paddon´s dominant maiden WRC victory at round four in Argentina that really made people sit up and take note.

Neuville matched the performance two rallies later in Sardinia, and after two victories and a total of 12 podium results and 47 stage wins, Hyundai secured second place in the Championship.

Neuville, Paddon and Sordo stay at Hyundai for 2017, when the all-new i20 Coupe hits the stages.

Hyundai made its return to WRC competition in 2014 with an all-new team and ambitious long-term plans for success in rallying’s top class.

The Korean firm wasn’t new to the WRC. It competed in the F2 category between 1998 and 2000, before switching to a World Rally Car version of its Accent saloon until 2003.

Hyundai’s return was heralded by the unveiling of a prototype i20 World Rally Car at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012. Things moved quickly, with the establishment three months later of a new motorsport base in Germany.

Former Peugeot WRC technical head Michel Nandan was brought in to oversee the task of creating a fully operational team, a rally-specification i20 and developing a brand new motorsport facility - all from scratch and in 12 months.

At the wheel throughout 2014 was 2013 title runner-up, Thierry Neuville, with a second car shared by Dani Sordo, Bryan Bouffier, Juho Hanninen and Chris Atkinson. Hyundai was clear from the off that 2014 would be a development year, but it showed plenty of promise, including a surprise 1-2 result in Germany.

Team-leader Neuville was joined by Sordo on all rallies in 2015 as the squad switched to a consistent driver line-up, while a second-tier team ran a car for Hayden Paddon on most events.

An evolution of the i20 was due to be introduced during the year, but its arrival was delayed until the following season, which was a source of frustration for team-leader Neuville.

Sordo and Neuville were back for 2016, which turned out to be a breakthrough year. Neuville put the New Generation i20 on the podium at Rallye Monte-Carlo, but it was Paddon´s dominant maiden WRC victory at round four in Argentina that really made people sit up and take note.

Neuville matched the performance two rallies later in Sardinia, and after two victories and a total of 12 podium results and 47 stage wins, Hyundai secured second place in the Championship.

Neuville, Paddon and Sordo stay at Hyundai for 2017, when the all-new i20 Coupe hits the stages.

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