1: A masterful McRae
In 2001, Alister McRae ended the year with an exceptional fourth place on Wales Rally GB - just one place behind that season’s world champion Richard Burns. Through some typically horrible Welsh conditions, McRae kept his Accent on the road to record the South Korean firm’s equal best WR result. Hyundai’s other fourth place came a year earlier when Kenneth Eriksson just missed out on the Perth podium on Rally Australia.
2: The Bell told...
Rally New Zealand, 1997 and Hyundai truly arrives on the World Rally Championship scene with the Coupe. Driven and run by Australian star Wayne Bell, it was this car which would go on to challenge the fastest Formula Two runners in the next two seasons.
3: The leader of the pack
A Hyundai leads a WRC round on Rally New Zealand, one of the fastest events on the calendar. Swede Kenneth Eriksson put his Accent WRC at the top of the timesheets for two stages in 2001 - with both his and Alister McRae’s car making a top-10 finish on the event (10th and ninth respectively).
4: Kenneth takes the coast road
If you were going to make an Accent WRC go fastest anywhere on the far side of the world in 2001, best do it in the most picturesque road on the planet, the Whaanga Coast stage of Rally New Zealand. Step forward Kenneth Eriksson (pictured).
5: It’s all happening in Ulsan
A world moment more than a WRC moment, but as impressive as any of the four which have gone before... Hyundai’s Ulsan plant in Korea is the largest car plant on the planet. It employs 34,000 workers on a 1,225-acre site to make 6,000 cars a day. A day! That’s a capacity of more than two million motors a year.