The Australian, 33, will support Hyundai’s main test drivers Juho Hänninen and Bryan Bouffier at selected tests this year, as the squad readies its new i20 World Rally Car for its competitive debut at the 2014 Rally Monte Carlo.
Atkinson drove for Subaru between 2005 and 2008 and has tackled nine WRC rallies since then. His most recent appearance was at Rally Mexico, when he drove a Citroen DS3 WRC as stand-in for Khalid Al-Qassimi at the Abu Dhabi Citroen team.
Atkinson visited Hyundai’s rally headquarters in Germany at the beginning of July for a first look at the i20 WRC, to meet the team and have a seat fitting ahead of his first test next week.
“It is such an exciting project,” said Atkinson. “After visiting the factory I am impressed by the team’s commitment and achievements so far.
“I have a lot of experience of many different WRC cars and events, and I will utilise this knowledge to support the development of the 2014 i20 WRC car.”
Hyundai Motorsport team principal Michel Nandan said: “It is great to be able to integrate Chris into Hyundai Motorsport testing line-up for this season and I am convinced he will bring a lot of valuable WRC experience.
“With the combined expertise of all three test drivers, we will be able to benefit from thorough and comprehensive input at every test session.”