Hyundai Motorsport reveals Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team
• Hyundai Motorsport has revealed that affiliate company Hyundai Mobis will be the main partner of its second team from the next round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with its logos featured on the livery on the Hyundai i20 WRC
• Hayden Paddon will lead the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team in the #20 car from Sweden, while Kevin Abbring will take part in at least four events in a fourth Hyundai i20 WRC
February 2, 2015 – Hyundai Motorsport has revealed that Hyundai Mobis will be the primary partner for its second team, the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team, as it prepares to run a third car at all rounds from Rally Sweden next month under the Hyundai Motorsport N entry.
Hayden Paddon will take part in his debut in Sweden with the #20 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driven by compatriot John Kennard, and will lead the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team at all remaining rounds.
The team’s official Test Driver Kevin Abbring will also take part in at least four WRC rounds for the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team during 2015 in a fourth car.
Despite rallying with two separate team names in 2015 – as indeed was the case last season – Hyundai Motorsport will manage all cars concurrently from the same multi-purpose operational base in the service park, and with the same skilled team of engineers and mechanics.
Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul) and Dani Sordo (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver Marc Martí) will both continue to represent the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, as they did at the season opener in Monte-Carlo.
Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We are pleased to name Hyundai Mobis as the primary partner for our second team, the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team, as we prepare to run three cars from Rally Sweden. The new team will be headed up by Hayden Paddon and will run in parallel to the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team for the rest of the 2015 season. We are also delighted to give our test driver Kevin the chance to take part in some WRC events this year and he will also run under the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team name. We currently plan for Kevin to take part in four events during 2015 in a fourth car, with a precise schedule still to be defined. While Thierry and Dani will rally for the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, as they did in Monte-Carlo, the second team will allow some of world rally’s rising stars the chance to showcase their talent on a competitive stage, something we as a WRC manufacturer take very seriously.”
About Hyundai Motorsport GmbH
Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities and primarily for its World Rally Championship programme. Based in Alzenau on the outskirts of Frankfurt in Germany, the company embarked on its debut season in the FIA World Rally Championship in 2014 with a bespoke team of skilled staff and a brand new car, the Hyundai i20 WRC. The team made a strong impression in its first year claiming podium results in Mexico and Poland, as well as a memorable 1-2 in Germany with Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo. 2015 is Hyundai Motorsport’s second season in WRC and the team aims to build on the firm foundations laid in its maiden year of competition.
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About Hyundai Motor Company
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company, which leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars, offers top-quality best-sellers such as Elantra, Sonata and Genesis. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2014, sold 4.96 million vehicles globally. With almost 100,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell.