Ernst Kopp

29 June 2017

Our Workshop Manager Ernst is responsible for keeping the largest department in our company up and running at all times. As the heart of our operation, it is an important role with plenty of responsibilities.

How did you come to join us here at Hyundai Motorsport?

It all started in December 2012. I was initially asked if I could support Hyundai during some testing. During three days of tests, I was asked if I would be interested in working for the company full time. It didn’t take long for me to say yes, and I was hired in January 2013. It was all very quick and I haven’t looked back since.

The workshop is our largest department. What is your scope of work?

Our responsibility in the workshop is very high. It’s really the beating heart of the team. We make all the plans for building the rally and test cars. Not only this, but we must also ensure that these cars are built to meet the many deadlines that we face in our sport. The cars must leave in top condition despite the time pressures we face. For me, the drivers are like our customers, so we must make them the best possible car to ensure that they are satisfied during a rally weekend.

What does working at Hyundai Motorsport mean to you personally?

For me, it means an exciting new challenge. I had already been involved in motorsport since 1980 and had worked with another company for 30 years. I had already worked in Formula 1, Le Mans and Rally so I knew the industry well. But to come to a new team was special. I am here to win rallies and eventually world championships.

How did you first come into contact with motorsport?

Motorsport has been a part of my life since I was a young child. I can remember playing with my small motorbike in the garden when I was only 12 years old. I always knew that I wanted to travel and to work within motorsport. So I got a job in Cologne for what I thought would only be two years…but it turned out to be thirty! I am delighted that I’ve had the chance to extend this passion at Hyundai Motorsport and to play such an important role within this great organisation.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love spending time with my family whenever I can. I also have a passion for old rally cars, for example, from the 1980s. Sometimes I also enter these cars into historic rally events. Motorsport is of course my great passion. Not just cars though, I also love motor biking in the mountains.