Ready to tackle a new hybrid challenge
Our team will embrace a new technical challenge in 2022, as we develop a car fit for the hybrid era of the FIA World Rally Championship based on the i20 N road car.
Currently in our eighth season and having secured two manufacturers’ titles, the new direction of the WRC offers us an opportunity to strengthen our showcase of Hyundai’s high-performance and sustainability credentials through motorsport.
Our Team Principal Andrea said: “We are pleased to support the future direction outlined by the FIA and the WRC Promoter. We will develop our car around the i20 N, which itself was inspired by our WRC success to date. As two-time champions, we welcome the new challenge and look forward to flying the Hyundai flag into this new era.”
Continuing our pursuit of success
Our team will also compete in the inaugural Pure ETCR championship later this year with the Veloster N ETCR – our first-ever electric race car – as it actively promotes the transfer of relevant technology between motorsport and road-going cars.
The introduction of hybrid into WRC strengthens this commitment further. Having taken consecutive titles in 2019 and 2020, the new regulations will offer us an exciting new challenge, while reflecting Hyundai Motor Company’s values of pioneering spirit, innovation and leadership in future mobility.
“Our team exists to support the global objectives set by Hyundai Motor Company, by offering a credible platform to showcase current and future automotive technology,” added Andrea. “We are able to influence and give direction to development of tomorrow’s Hyundai road cars; this is a real honour and a role we take incredibly seriously.”
Shaping the future
Since the establishment of our team at the end of 2012, rallying and circuit racing has become a key performance pillar for Hyundai. Knowledge shared between us and the Hyundai N brand has already delivered success in WRC and the WTCR – World Touring Car Cup. The competitive high-tech environment, in which split seconds are critical, allows Hyundai to evaluate new technologies which can then inform development of production cars.
Vice President and Head of N Brand Management and Motorsport Sub-Division at Hyundai Motor Company, Till Wartenberg said: “Motorsport remains a hugely valuable testbed for Hyundai’s future mobility models and technology. It is imperative for us to embrace more sustainable solutions, so we are delighted to see WRC move in this direction with new hybrid regulations that will create a more relevant link to our road vehicle technology. We relish the challenge and know that the skilled, experienced team at Hyundai Motorsport will do all they can to maintain the title and rally-winning status that they have built up in recent years.
“The positive impact that motorsport activities have on our high-performance N brand and mother brand Hyundai should not be undervalued; it’s the ideal platform on which we can develop future technology while showcasing the sheer passion and fun of driving Hyundai cars. Whether it’s with our Veloster N ETCR or the hybrid WRC challenger based on the i20 N, we are committed to showing how cutting-edge technology can be combined with more sustainable solutions in motorsport,” he concluded.