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Shell partnership extended

Strong technical relationship to continue

Strong technical relationship to continue

We are excited to announce that we have extended our long-standing partnership with Shell. The global energy company, with which we formed a relationship ahead of our debut WRC season in 2014, will remain as our title sponsor and technical partner for a further three years.

“Shell has been with us since the very start of our WRC journey,” said our President, Sean Kim. “It is testament to the strength of our working relationship that we can extend the partnership for three more years.”

Shell has supported us across several iterations of technical regulations, including some of the most advanced cars ever to grace the WRC stages. Sweeping changes in 2017 and, more recently, the introduction of new hybrid technology for 2022, have strengthened our co-operation, delivering us tangible gains in competition and in Shell’s product development.

Successful track record
Across nine seasons to date, we have had total engine reliability and no wear issues with the help of Shell Helix Ultra lubricants, which have been designed for ultimate engine performance without compromise. Our technical partnership has delivered an additional 1.5 horsepower, representing an average of six seconds advantage at each rally, where even the most marginal of gains can make a huge difference.

“I have been with Hyundai Motorsport since 2014, so I have seen first-hand the way in which the team works in partnership with Shell,” said Dani. “The evolution of our cars over the years has been helped by this technical co-operation between these two companies who understand what it takes to find performance.”

During the time of our mutually beneficial partnership with Shell, we have celebrated two manufacturers’ titles together, in 2019 and 2020, as well as our most recent victory in Rally Italia Sardegna, the first for our all-new i20 N Rally1 car.

“Shell has been with us every step of the way. They played a key part in our two title successes, and we’ve been pleased to carry on the winning partnership into the new hybrid era,” said President Kim. “This is far more than just title sponsorship of the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team, it is a true technical collaboration.”

“The extension of the title sponsorship and technical partnership represents a strong and valuable platform for Shell to showcase its technology leadership,” added Ade Ajala, Shell’s Vice President Global Key Accounts, New Business Development and Strategic Alliances. “It will enable our teams to continue their joint work to help us achieve our respective current and future sustainability ambitions and initiatives.”


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