Without the support of our partners, sponsors and suppliers we would not be able to go rallying. They play a pivotal role in helping us to develop all areas of our team operation. Read more about each of them here and the positive working relationship we share together.
Shell is an innovation-driven global group of energy and petrochemical companies with its headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands. Shell employs 87,000 full-time employees and has a fuel retail network of around 44,000 service stations globally.
The partnership between Shell and Hyundai started initially with a Global Partnership Agreement in 2005 and was followed shortly after by a Global Aftermarket agreement. Since then the relationship between these two giants of industry has gone from strength to strength and is now active in over 70 countries worldwide. So when 2014 Hyundai Motorsport announced its return to the FIA World Rally Championships as a manufacturer, Shell joined them as Technical Partner and title sponsor of the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team.
The World Rally Championship series provides the ideal environment to showcase the quality of Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology. Not only does the championship travel to 13 countries and provide a global platform to show case the performance of Shell products, it also challenges the cars to compete in some of the most extreme environments on the planet, asking the Hyundai i20 to perform on everything from snow and ice to gravel and asphalt in temperatures ranging from -30°C to +40°C. Due to the conditions the car is put through, using reliable products that lubricate and protect the engine without a loss in power or performance is vital to the team’s results and the Shell Helix Ultra that the team is provided with is formulated to minimise friction and combat engine wear.
The Hyundai Motorsport technicians and engineering team work closely with the Shell scientists on their oil requirements for use in competition, testing and development, benefitting from Shell’s experience and unrivalled research. The progress since the team started is evident and with the introduction of Shell Helix Ultra motor oil with PurePlus Technology, Shell has helped Hyundai Motorsport develop an extra 1.5 horsepower, representing an average of six seconds advantage at the end of each rally.Official Website
Hyundai MOBIS (short for Mobile and System), was founded in 1977 as Hyundai Precision & Industries Corporation. In 2000, changing the company name to Hyundai MOBIS, it acquired the aftersales parts business from both Hyundai-Kia Motors, and has since established itself as the 6th auto parts manufacturer in the world as of 2016. It is now involved in the assembly of modules, production of core parts, automotive electronics, and environment friendly parts, and supply the A/S parts of H/KMC. It possesses and manages some 241,000 parts for 223 car models. The company has a global network around the world including 28 manufacturing and 24 logistics sites, with 5 R&D strongholds and 25,000 employees over 6 continents.
Keeping step with the growing trend for ‘smart cars’, Hyundai MOBIS maintains competitiveness in the design and production of advanced electronic control systems and is also stepping up the development of parts for ASV(Advanced Safety Vehicles). Hyundai MOBIS will continue to carry out ‘path breaking innovation’ in each field of business to go Global Top Tier.Official Website
Since its initial establishment as an automoblie manufacturer, Hyundai Motor Group has evolved into a leading global player in such areas as vehicles, materials, part, finance, and logistics. Hyundai Steel, the backbone of the Group, has also grown, changing from the leading steel company through building of its own blast furnaces and integrated steelworks.
The completion of Hyundai Steel’s fullyintegrated steelworks means that the Hyundai Motor Group has developed the world’s very first fully integrated resources recycling business system, ranging from iron ore to finished vehicles to scrap steel and back again.
The largest steel resources recycling company in South Korea, Hyundai Steel is enhancing its competitiveness in the world market even further through its stable blast and electric arc furnace operations.Official Website
Hyundai WIA, established in 1976, is one of the world’s leading automotive parts maker. The company also produces machine tools and has attained the biggest market share in South Korea since the year 2000. Other business areas include heavy machineries, defense products and aircraft parts.
Hyundai WIA has built the foundation for the global automotive industry by producing various car parts such as engines, modules, turbo charger and C.V Joint and producing precision machine tools and FA Line.
Also, the company is actively responding to the new trends in automotive development and creating a new industrial society through continuous research and development on other fields. Hyundai WIA is now evolving into a world-class leading corporation, armed with innovation and a determination to build a better future for all.Official Website
Since 1972, Sabelt has been synonymous with total safety in the car and racing world, as market leader in research, development and production of competition seat belts used around the world. In addition, it has a complete range of driver products that are FIA homologated, including, suits, helmets and gloves. Sabelt is the only company in Europe with its own high-spec laboratory capable of dynamic testing. HMSG cars are fitted with Sabelt seats, harness and steering wheels.Official Website
Alpinestars is the world’s premier motorsport protection, apparel and footwear company with headquarters and R&D facilities in Los Angeles and Italy. A global racing development program in every major motorsports series around the globe ensures that Alpinestars provides the highest quality, track-tested products, incorporating the latest construction technologies and performance benefits for Hyundai’s drivers, Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo, Hayden Paddon and their co-drivers and team, alongside Alpinestars athletes in Formula 1, NASCAR, MotoGP and US Supercross. ‘One Goal. One Vision.’Official Website
AMG International Events Suppliers is the company behind Hyundai Motorsport’s impressive service and hospitality structure, the Unit, which is used on all European rounds of the WRC season. AMG provides the design, assembling, dismantling, transports and on-site support required for each event. After two years of fruitful co-operation, AMG and Hyundai Motorsport decided to form an official technical partnership with the strategic aim of maintaining the benchmark of service environment in world rallying.Official Website
Hyundai and Michelin: shared objectives
Hyundai Motorsport has chosen Michelin as its tyre partner to help it to achieve the ambitious objectives the make has set itself in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Hyundai returned to world class rallying in association with Michelin in 2014. Just six months later, the two partners claimed a landmark one-two finish at Rallye Deutschland.
The Michelin-equipped New Generation i20 WRC made its debut at the start of 2016 and went onto take two victories in Argentina and Sardinia. The team, which finished second in the 2016 Manufacturers’ Championship, will continue with Michelin rubber with the next era of World Rally cars in 2017.