Hyundai Motorsport is pleased to announce a new partnership with Akrapovič, which will see the two entities work together on innovative exhaust and thermal management systems.
The team is continuing its drive to improve the overall competitiveness and reliability of the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid in a bid to establish its crews as regular rally winners in the 2024 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season.
Akrapovič is a manufacturer of exhaust solutions for motorcycles and premium cars and has gained international prominence through its successful support of teams in topflight motorsport.
With solutions that are renowned for increasing performance, innovative design, lightweight construction and durability, Akrapovič will be a key partner in the continued development of Hyundai Motorsport’s WRC challenger.
Hyundai Motorsport Technical Director François-Xavier Demaison said: “We are excited to embark on this new partnership with Akrapovič, which we have been pursuing for some time. Our collaboration is pushing the boundaries in critical areas, such as exhaust systems and thermal management. As a result, we have brought innovative solutions into the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid for the 2024 season, boosting its reliability and performance. Akrapovič’s race-proven materials, insulation, and technical know-how made them the natural choice of partner as we continue our drive to improve our WRC challenger.”
Akrapovič CEO Davorin Dobočnik said: “As a company, we are delighted and very excited to enter the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai Motorsport. After decades of experience offering technical services and support to partners in various world championships, this is a new motorsport series for Akrapovič. We are pleased that Hyundai has chosen us as a partner to help develop efficient, lightweight solutions for the exhaust system of the already very competitive Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid and boost performance to new levels. We are looking forward to this new adventure in the challenging domain of WRC and collaboration with Hyundai, which we believe will be very positive and successful.”