Wednesday, 31 March 2021 20:09

Hyundai Motorsport reaffirms commitment to WRC’s hybrid era

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Hyundai Motorsport has reaffirmed its commitment to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), with the company developing a brand-new challenger for WRC’s hybrid era based on the Hyundai i20 N road car.

The two-time manufacturers’ championship-winning team - currently in its eighth season in WRC - supports the new direction outlined by the FIA and the WRC Promoter which strengthens Hyundai’s use of motorsport as a showcase of its high-performance and sustainability credentials.

Hyundai Motorsport will also compete in the inaugural Pure ETCR championship later this year with the Veloster N ETCR - the first-ever electric race car developed by the company - as it actively promotes the transfer of relevant technology between motorsport and production vehicles. The introduction of hybrid into WRC strengthens this commitment yet further.

Having taken consecutive WRC titles in 2019 and 2020, the new regulations will offer Hyundai Motorsport an exciting new technical challenge, while reflecting Hyundai Motor Company’s values of pioneering spirit, innovation and leadership in future mobility.

Since the establishment of Hyundai Motorsport at the end of 2012, rallying and circuit racing has since become a key performance pillar for Hyundai. Knowledge shared between the Alzenau-based company 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.

Team Principal Andrea Adamo said: “Hyundai Motorsport exists to support the global objectives set by Hyundai Motor Company, by offering a credible platform to showcase current and future automotive technology. Through racing and rallying, 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. We are therefore pleased to support to the future direction outlined by the FIA and the WRC Promoter with the new hybrid regulations from 2022. We will develop our car around the Hyundai 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.”

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 Hyundai i20 N, we are committed to showing how cutting-edge technology can be combined with more sustainable solutions in motorsport.”