The Korean manufacturer will return to the WRC in 2014, with its i20 World Rally Car set to make its debut on the Monte Carlo Rally in January.
The 8.200 m² building is located in Alzenau, 50km from Hyundai’s European Technical and Design Centre at Russelsheim. It’s also close to the Nürburgring circuit, where Hyundai will open a vehicle test centre later this year.
At Thursday’s opening, representatives from Hyundai Motor Headquarters in Korea and from subsidiaries around the world along with local Bavarian authorities, stakeholders and partners were given a tour of the headquarters that was operational from the beginning of 2013 and is staffed by 50 WRC specialists from 11 nations.
Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “Today marks another important step forward in our thrilling task of developing a motorsport team from scratch as we inaugurate our headquarters. We have a challenge ahead of us and we have the perfect facility here to prepare for it.”
Hyundai Motorsport President Gyoo-Heon Choi added: “I’m very proud to officially open Hyundai’s new home of motorsport. Hyundai Motorsport acts as a performance engineering platform for the global business as well as a brand platform, helping to raise expectations and perceptions of the brand in a relevant and exciting way.”