front view of blue i20 runs on the sand road

Title ambitions
for our fifth season

Title ambitions for our fifth season
Victory in Australia
10 January 2018
Aiming for both WRC championships in 2018

2017 was our most competitive year in the WRC, but we are ready to raise the bar even higher for the 2018 season! Our championship ambitions are still unfulfilled but we hope our fifth season in world rallying will deliver the goods.

“We are in high spirits,” explains our Team Principal Michel Nandan. “We came close in 2017 but we fell short in terms of performance and consistency. We want to rectify that.”

Four crews will compete under the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team banner this season: Andreas and Anders, Thierry and Nicolas, Hayden and Seb, Dani and Carlos. Each will contribute to our championship objectives over the 13-event calendar.

“Taking four wins in 2017, and being competitive in many other events, gives us real motivation to go one better,” reveals last year’s championship runner-up Thierry. “As a team, we keep getting stronger with each season. I feel it’s our time to shine.”

Andreas, who only joined us for the final three rounds of the 2017 campaign, begins a full season in Hyundai Motorsport colours: “This is the moment I have been waiting for!” he says. “Those three rallies were really useful for Anders and me. I am now ready to attack with confidence.”

With our Norwegian crew in the #4 car and our Belgians back in their preferred #5, our third car will be shared between two crews. Dani and his new co-driver Carlos will take the #6 car in Monte-Carlo, handing over to Hayden and Seb for Sweden.

“The progress the team has made since 2014 has been incredible,” says Dani. “I feel very loyal to my Hyundai Motorsport family and I am 100% committed to giving everything I have in the rallies I join.”

Hayden adds: “I am treating 2018 almost like a fresh start after our difficulties from last year. I want to put that behind me and use the positives from our podium results to spur us on to achieve what I know we are capable of.”

As we prepare to join the season launch alongside our rivals and colleagues from the WRC community at Autosport International, the final word goes to Michel.

“We are very respectful of our rivals,” he says. “Their performances only serve to make us try to improve ourselves from one event to the next. This is what drives us forward as we work towards our ultimate championship goals.”

5th Season
will be Coming

The participants in the 2018 WRC season will be competing
in 13 rounds across 3 continents, from January to November.
Every location features unique characteristics which make each rally
even more special and exciting. 

front view of blue i20 runs on the sand road
front view of blue i20 runs on the sand road

Welcome to the
2018 WRC Season

WRC News

Title ambitions for our fifth season
10 January 2018

Title ambitions for our fifth season

Aiming for both WRC championships in 2018

Title ambitions for our fifth season
Title ambitions for our fifth season
10 January 2018
Aiming for both WRC championships in 2018

2017 was our most competitive year in the WRC, but we are ready to raise the bar even higher for the 2018 season! Our championship ambitions are still unfulfilled but we hope our fifth season in world rallying will deliver the goods.

“We are in high spirits,” explains our Team Principal Michel Nandan. “We came close in 2017 but we fell short in terms of performance and consistency. We want to rectify that.”

Four crews will compete under the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team banner this season: Andreas and Anders, Thierry and Nicolas, Hayden and Seb, Dani and Carlos. Each will contribute to our championship objectives over the 13-event calendar.

“Taking four wins in 2017, and being competitive in many other events, gives us real motivation to go one better,” reveals last year’s championship runner-up Thierry. “As a team, we keep getting stronger with each season. I feel it’s our time to shine.”

Andreas, who only joined us for the final three rounds of the 2017 campaign, begins a full season in Hyundai Motorsport colours: “This is the moment I have been waiting for!” he says. “Those three rallies were really useful for Anders and me. I am now ready to attack with confidence.”

With our Norwegian crew in the #4 car and our Belgians back in their preferred #5, our third car will be shared between two crews. Dani and his new co-driver Carlos will take the #6 car in Monte-Carlo, handing over to Hayden and Seb for Sweden.

“The progress the team has made since 2014 has been incredible,” says Dani. “I feel very loyal to my Hyundai Motorsport family and I am 100% committed to giving everything I have in the rallies I join.”

Hayden adds: “I am treating 2018 almost like a fresh start after our difficulties from last year. I want to put that behind me and use the positives from our podium results to spur us on to achieve what I know we are capable of.”

As we prepare to join the season launch alongside our rivals and colleagues from the WRC community at Autosport International, the final word goes to Michel.

“We are very respectful of our rivals,” he says. “Their performances only serve to make us try to improve ourselves from one event to the next. This is what drives us forward as we work towards our ultimate championship goals.”

Victory in Australia
19 November 2017

Victory in Australia

Day 3: Thierry/Nicolas triumph, Hayden/Seb take third

Victory in Australia
Victory in Australia
19 November 2017
Day 3: Thierry/Nicolas triumph, Hayden/Seb take third

On a dramatic and exciting final day of Rally Australia, our Belgian crew of Thierry and Nicolas registered our fourth victory of the season.

Hayden and Seb were on course for a fourth-place finish heading into the Power Stage. However, late drama for Jari-Matti Latvala, who was forced to stop mid-stage, saw our Anglo-Kiwi crew promoted to third position – and onto the podium.

“That was exactly what we wanted to achieve!” commented our Team Principal Michel. “Our first-ever victory in Australia and a double podium is the perfect way to end the season.”

“This is a very special victory, and I dedicate it to everyone in the whole team” added Thierry. “They have been working hard all season long. It hasn’t always been easy but they have never given up – not only those at the rallies, but also everyone at the factory. Now, we can enjoy this moment before turning our attention to next year.”

Sunshine on a rainy day

The final day of action was scheduled to include five stages, two runs through Pilbara Reverse (9.93km) and Wedding Bells (6.44km), as well as tackling the longer 31.90km Bucca test.

Heavy rain from the start of the day made for challenging circumstances with standing water and unpredictable rainfall making some stages a lottery. Ultimately, conditions were so bad that event organisers were forced to cancel the penultimate stage, the repeat of Pilbara Reverse.

Run in brighter conditions for its second pass, Wedding Bells played host to a thrilling Power Stage. Aiming to complete a difficult season with a fine fourth place, Hayden and Seb celebrated an unexpected podium.

Right place, right time

“We never want to score a podium through someone else’s misfortune,” commented Hayden. “It’s unfortunate for Jari-Matti but the podium is a nice result for us after a tough year. There is some light at the end of the tunnel in terms of finding our feeling with the car.”

Andreas and Anders completed the event under Rally 2 after the disappointment of retiring from the lead on Saturday. Our Norwegian crew picked up two Power Stage points as a consolation, and are already looking ahead to next season.

“It has been a very valuable experience over these past three rallies with Hyundai Motorsport. I know I am in the right place for next season; the car is awesome and the team is fantastic. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a strong championship challenge together next year.”

Save the best for last

Our crews totalled an impressive 14 stage wins in Australia, the most for our team in a single event. It was the culmination of a competitive year in which we have taken victories on three different continents, on gravel and tarmac, and with versatile performances from our Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.

“We have plenty of positives to take away from this year,” reflected Michel. “It has been one of the most closely contested seasons in WRC. Thanks to our rivals for some exciting battles throughout the season, and a fantastic year of competition. My thanks also to every member of our team in Alzenau for their individual contributions to our season – and to our partners and fans.”

Although the 2017 season is over, thoughts already turn to the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship, which will get underway with Rallye Monte-Carlo on 25-28 January. The season will be formally launched at a special event during the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, UK on Thursday 11 January.

Final Overall Classification – Rally Australia

1 T. Neuville N. Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 2:35:44.8
2 O. Tänak M. Järveoja Ford Fiesta WRC +22.5
3 H. Paddon S. Marshall Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +59.1
4 S. Ogier J. Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC +2:27.7
5 E. Evans D. Barritt Ford Fiesta WRC +3:05.6
6 E. Lappi J. Ferm Toyota Yaris WRC +3:49.5
7 K. Meeke P. Nagle Citroën C3 WRC +22:58.4

2017 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings
After round 13

1 S. Ogier 232
2 T. Neuville 208
3 O. Tanak 191
4 J.M Latvala 136
5 E. Evans 128
6 D. Sordo 95
7 H. Paddon 74
8 K. Meeke 77
9 J. Hänninen 71
10 C. Breen 64
11 E. Lappi 62
12 A. Mikkelsen 54

2017 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings
After round 13

1 M-Sport World Rally Team 428
2 Hyundai Motorsport 345
3 Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team 251
4 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 218

All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation.

Thierry takes control
18 November 2017

Thierry takes control

Day 2: Our Belgian crew lead Rally Australia

Thierry takes control
Thierry takes control
18 November 2017
Day 2: Our Belgian crew lead Rally Australia

We have taken another step closer to securing our first-ever Rally Australia victory with our Belgian pairing of Thierry and Nicolas now leading the event.

At the end of the penultimate day of the 2017 season, our #5 crew had established a 20.1-second lead, having claimed four more stage wins.

The duo took over the rally lead from their team-mates Andreas and Anders, who were forced to retire after picking up a double puncture in the morning loop.

“It’s a good feeling,” said Thierry. “I have been very pleased with our approach to today’s tricky stages. At the same time, there is a sense of disappointment that we weren’t able to have more of a fight with Andreas.”

Fall at your feet

A dramatic Saturday, with uncharacteristically inclement weather conditions, began with the daunting 48.89km Nambucca stage and 20.87km Newry test. It was on this stage where our Norwegian crew ran into trouble.

“About 2km after the start, on a right-hander over a crest, I went wide and touched the bank quite hard,” recalled Andreas. “I thought I had only a rear puncture but it became quickly apparent that we had one at the front too. With only one spare in the car, it was game over. Nine times out of ten we would have been OK, but luck was not on our side today.”

Nambucca was split into two separate tests for the afternoon – Welshs Creek and Argents Hill. The repeat of Newry17 was cancelled, leaving just two runs through the Destination NSW Super Special. Hayden and Seb made progress throughout the loop, completing the day in fifth overall.

Weather with you

“The Australian weather has thrown us a real curveball this year,” explained Hayden. “Some stages were like two totally different rallies with some parts wet and others completely dry. We found some improvements, which helped give more confidence and made the driving more natural.”

The final day of Rally Australia covers 64km of competitive action across five stages. The 9.93km Pilbara Reverse and 6.44km Wedding Bells stages are each run twice, the latter as the rally-concluding Power Stage. In addition, crews will negotiate the 31.90km Bucca16 stage, which remains unchanged from last season.

“It is fantastic to be leading rally after another competitive day,” summarised our Team Principal Michel. “We are hopeful that we can end the year with victory but, as we have been reminded, there are often surprises in store in Australia.”

Thierry was equally pragmatic about his chances: “There is no such thing as a comfortable lead,” he said. “With the weather still looking like it could play a part, we will have a challenge on our hands on the final morning.

Classification after Day Two

1 T. Neuville N. Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 2:05:11.6
2 J. M. Latvala M. Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC +20.1
3 O. Tänak M. Järveoja Ford Fiesta WRC +40.6
4 C. Breen S. Martin Citroën C3 WRC +1:05.2
5 H. Paddon S. Marshall Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +1:21.1
6 S. Ogier J. Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC +1:48.2
7 S. Lefebvre G. Moreau Citroën C3 WRC +3:00.2
8 E. Evans D. Barritt Ford Fiesta WRC +3:25.3
9 E. Lappi J. Fern Toyota Yaris WRC +4:20.3

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front view of some people on the rock at the foot of the mountain blue tone
right side rear view of the car is driving up on the steep mountain

Built to overcome the most
rigorous roads

All WRC cars are built upon roadcars.
Only models manufactured for the general public with over 25,000 units produced
per year are eligible to compete in the WRC, and modifications with special materials
like titanium, magnesium, and ceramics are prohibited.

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right side rear view of the car is driving up on the steep mountain
some rocks and sand storm blue tone
right side front view of i20 on the racing track of the world rally with sandstorm

To emerge victorious in the WRC

each participating brand digs deep into its technological base to convert roadcars
into rally machines. Hyundai Motor leveraged the full extent of its technological knowhow
to refine the i20 into an incredible high-performance race vehicle, the i20 World Rally Car.

right side view of the engineers are checking i20 in the workshop
right side front view of i20 on the racing track of the world rally with sandstorm
rear view of driver's sholder

Driver
interviews

four crews take a group photo in the world rally championship

We will be publishing exclusive interviews with each of our Key drivers during the season,
where you can discover more about their respective backgrounds
and the vital roles they play on our team.

four crews take a group photo in the world rally championship
rear view of driver's sholder
Hyundai Motorsport

World Rally
Championship
Crews

thierry neuville in an interview in the world rally championship
Driver
Thierry Neuville
16 June 1988 /
Belgian
First Event : Rally Catalunya (2009)
First Victory : Rallye Deutschland (2014)
Podiums : 25
With Hyundai : Since 2014
nicolas gilsoul is signing on his name card in the world rally championship
Co-Driver
Nicolas Gilsoul
05 February 1982 /
Belgian
First Event : Rally Monte-Carlo (2007)
First Victory : Rallye Deutschland (2014)
Podiums : 25
With Hyundai : Since 2014
dani sordo participates in the world rally championship as a driver
Driver
Dani Sordo
02 May 1983 /
Spaniard
First Event : Rally Catalunya (2003)
First Victory : Rallye Deutschland (2013)
Podiums : 42
With Hyundai : Since 2014
carlos del barrio participates in the world rally championship as a co-driver
Co-Driver
Carlos del Barrio
15 August 1968 /
Spaniard
First Event : Rallye España - Catalunya Costa Brava (1991)
First Victory : Rallye Deutschland (2013)
Podiums : 7
With Hyundai : Since 2018
hayden paddon participates in the world rally championship as a driver
Driver
Hayden Paddon
20 April 1987 /
New Zealander
First Event : Rally New Zealand (2007)
First Victory : Rally Argentina (2016)
Podiums : 5
With Hyundai : Since 2014
seb marshall participates in the world rally championship as a co-driver
Co-Driver
Seb Marshall
29 May 1988 /
Briton
First Event : Rallye Deutschland (2008)
First Victory : 2nd, Rally Poland (2017)
Podiums : 1
With Hyundai : Since 2015
andreas mikkelsen in an interview in the world rally championship
Driver
Andreas Mikkelsen
22 June 1989 /
Norwegian
First Event : Wales Rally GB (2006)
First Victory : Rally de España (2015)
Podiums : 21
With Hyundai : Since 2017
anders jaeger participates in the world rally championship as a co-driver
Co-Driver
Anders Jæger
29 July 1989 /
Norwegian
First Event : Rally de España (2014)
First Victory : Rally Poland (2016)
Podiums : 7
With Hyundai : Since 2017

Hyundai i20 WRC

The i20 WRC puts a suspension optimized for the WRC in a new chassis with enhanced
torsional rigidity. The body features newly designed aeroparts to improve driving stability,
a turbocharged 1,600cc engine with 380 horsepower, a 6-speed sequential racing transmission,
and a competent four-wheel drive system. The i20 WRC is the culmination
of the latest in high-performance technology.

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left side view of i20 jumps from the hill
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left side view of i20 coupe
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Hyundai i20 Coupe   Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
blue 1.0 T-GDI Type Hyundai Motorsport turbocharged
engine with direct injection
120 HP Performance 380HP
172 NM Torque ~ 450NM
6 speed manual Transmission 6 speed sequential
Front wheel drive Drive Train Four wheel drive
10.2 sec 0 - 100 km/h < 4 sec

Technical Specifications 2018

Tires Michelin tires-Range:
Pilot Sport for tarmac, A41 for snow/ice tarmac, X-Ice North for ice/snow gravel, Latitude Cross for gravel
Engine Type : Hyundai Motorsport turbocharged engine with direct injection
Displacement : 1,600cc
Bore / Stroke : 83/73.9
Power (max.) : 380hp at 6,500 RPM
Torque (max.) : 450Nm at 5,500 RPM
Air restrictor : 36mm
Cockpit Seats : Sabelt
Belts : Sabelt, multiple fixing points belts with adjustable straps
Engine Engine Control Unit : Magneti Marelli SRG unit
Lubrication : Shell Helix Ultra
Tank Fuel tank capacity : 80 liters
Fuel : FIA approved fuel
Transmission Type : 4-wheel drive
Gearbox : sequential gearbox, six forward gears and one reverse with paddle shift on steering
Differential : Hydraulic in center, mechanical with ramps in front and rear
Clutch : cerametallic twin-disk
Chassis / Bodywork Structure : Steel bodyshell with welded multi-point roll cage
Bodywork : Steel and composite fiber panels
Length / Width : 4,100/1,875mm
Track width : 1,665mm
Wheel base : 2,570mm
Transmission Weight min. : 1,190kg
Weight max. : 1,350kg with driver and co-driver
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We're entering an exciting phase in our journey, which I think will reinforce our commitment and ambition in the competitive WRC community.
- Michele Nandan -
Team Principal
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2017 Championship Standings

Pos Manufacturer Total Rd1
Rd2
Rd3
Rd4
Rd5
Rd6
Rd7
Rd8
Rd9
Rd10
Rd11
Rd12
Rd13
01 M-Sport World
Rally Team
428 25+15
(1.+3.)
18+15
(2.+3.)
18+12
(2.+4.)
18+8
(2.+11.)
18+15
(2.+3.)
25+12
(1.+4.)
25+10
(1.+5.)
15+10
(3.+8.)
18+8
(2.+7.)
25+15
(1.+3.)
18+15
(2.+3.)
25+15
(1.+3.)
18+12
(2.+4.)
02 Hyundai
Motorsport
345 12+8
(4.+15.)
12+8
(4.+7.)
15+10
(3.+5.)
25+15
(1.+3.)
25+10
(1.+6.)
18+15
(2.+3.)
15+6
(3.+12.)
25+18
(1.+2.)
10+4
(6.+9.)
6+4
(8.+34.)
8+6
(15.+18.)
18+12
(2.+4.)
25+15
(1.+3.)
03 Toyota
Gazoo Racing
251 18+6
(2.+16.)
25+4
(1.+23.)
8+6
(6.+7.)
12+0
(4.+R)
12+8
(5.+7.)
8+6
(7.+9.)
18+12
(2.+4.)
6+4
(10.+20.)
25+15
(1.+3.)
12+8
(4.+7.)
12+0
(4.+R.)
10+6
(5.+9.)
10+0
(6.+R)
04 Citroën WRT 218 10+0
(9.+R)
10+6
(5.+12.)
25+4
(1.+15.)
10+6
(5.+50.)
0+0
(R+R)
10+4
(5.+13.)
8+4
(8.+25.)
12+8
(5.+9.)
12+6
(5.+8.)
18+10
(2.+5.)
25+10
(1.+6.)
8+4
(7.+15.)
8+0
(7.+R)
Pos Driver Total Rd1
Rd2
Rd3
Rd4
Rd5
Rd6
Rd7
Rd8
Rd9
Rd10
Rd11
Rd12
Rd13
01 Sébastien Ogier 232 25 15+4 18+4 18+4 12+2 25+1 10+3 15+4 - 15+2 18+3 15+2 12+5
(1.) (3.) (2.) (2.) (4.) (1.) (5.) (3.) (R) (3.) (2.) (3.) (4.)
02 Thierry Neuville 208 5 3 15+5 25+1 25+5 18+4  15+2 25+1 8+3 - - 18+5 25
(15.) (13.) (3.) (1.) (1.)  (2.) (3.) (1.) (6.) (44.) (R.) (2.) (1.)
03 Ott Tänak 191 15 18 12+3 - 15+3 12+5 25 - 6+5 25 15+2 8 18+4
(3.) (2.) (4.) (11.) (3.) (4.) (1.) (R.) (7.) (1.) (3.) (6.) (2.)
04 Jari-Matti Latvala 136 18 25+5 8+2 12+5 10+1 2 18+1 5 2 6+3 - 10+3 -
(2.) (1.) (6.) (4.) (5.) (9.) (2.) (20.) (21.) (7.) (R.) (5.) (R.)
05 Elfyn Evans 128 8+2 8 2 - 18+4 8+3 - 4 18+4 8 6 25 10
(6.) (6.) (9.) (21.) (2.) (6.) (R.) (8.) (2.) (6.) (7.) (1.) (5.)
06 Dani Sordo 95 12+1 12 4+1 15+2 4 15 4 12 2 5 5 1 -
(4.) (4.) (8.) (3.) (8.) (3.) (12.) (4.) (9.) (34.) (15.) (10.) -
07 Kris Meeke 77 - 2 25 - - - - - 4 - 25+4 6+4 6+1
(R.) (12.) (1.) (R.) (R.) (18.) (R.) - (8.) (R.) (1.) (7.) (7.)
08 Hayden Paddon 74 - 6+1 10 8 8 - - 18 - 4 - 4 15
(R.) (7.) (5.) (6.) (6.) (R.) (R.) (2.) (R.) (8.) - (8.) (3.)
09 Juho Hänninen 71 3 - 6 - 6 6 8 1 15+1 12 12+1 - -
(16.) (23.) (7.) (R.) (7.) (7.) (6.) (10.) (3.) (4.) (4.) (R.) -
10 Craig Breen 64 10 10 - 10+3 - 10 - - 10 10+1 - - -
(5.) (5.) - (5.) (R.) (5.) (25.) (11.) (5.) (5.) - (15.) (R.)
11 Esapekka Lappi 62 - - - - - 1+2 12+5 - 25 4 - 2 8+3
- - - - - (10.) (4.) (R.) (1.) (21.) (R.) (9.) (6.)
12 Andreas Mikkelsen 54 6 - - 6 - - 4 2+3 - 18 - 12+1 2
(7.) - - (7.) - (R.) (8.) (9.) - (2.) (18.) (4.) (13.)
13 Stéphane Lefebvre 30 2+4 4 - - - - - 10+2 - - 8 - -
(9.) (8.) (15.) (50.) - (13.) - (5.) - - (6.) - (R.)
14 Teemu Suninen 29 - 1 - 4 - - - 8 12 - 4 - -
- (10.) - (8.) - (12.) - (6.) (4.) (16.) (8.) (31.) -
15 Mads Ostberg 29 - - - - 2 4 6 6 1 - 10 - -
- (15.) - (R.) (9.) (8.) (7.) (7.) (10.) (D.) (5.) (38.) -
16 Jan Kopecky 7 4 - - - - - 1 - - - 2 - -
(8.) - - (16.) - - (10.) - - (11.) (9.) - -
17 Pontus Tidemand 4 - 2 1 - 1 - - - - - - - -
(11.) (9.) (10.) - (10.) (11.) - (13.) - (12.) - (11.) -
18 Richie Dalton 4 - - - - - - - - - - - - 4
- - - - - - - - - - - - (9.)
19 Eric Camili 3 - - - - - - 2 - - 1 - - -
(12.) (14.) (11.) (28.) (NA.) (21.) (9.) (14.) (12.) (10.) (16.) (12.) -
20 Stephane Sarrazin 2 - - - 2 - - - - - - - - -
- - - (9.) - - - - - - - - -
21 Armin Kremer 2 - - - - - - - - - 2 - - -
(R.) - - - - - - - - (9.) - - -
22 Jourdan Serderidis 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
(29.) - - - - - - (30.) - (25.) (NA.) (42.) (11.)
23 Ole Christian Veiby 1 - - - - - - - - - - 1 - -
- (11.) - (14.) - - (11.) (12.) (R.) - (10.) (37.) -
24 Yohan Rossel 1 - - - 1 - - - - - - - - -
- - - (10.) - (38.) (15.) - - (41.) (D.) - -
25 Bryan Bouffier 1 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
(10.) - - (R.) - - - - - - - - -
26 Kalle Rovanpera 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
- - - - - - - - - - - - (12.)
※ ( ):position
Ranked #2 overall in 2016
  • the group photo of 2016 season motorsport team crews
  • In 2016, the Hyundai Motorsport Team finished second in the manufacturer category with 12 podium finishes, including 2 in first place. This was a huge development compared to just 1 first place finish and 4 podiums in 2015.

    The Hyundai Motorsport Team, which unveiled the i20 WRC race car based on the new i20 in 2016, will take another leap forward towards winning the competition with a new race car based on the new i20 coupe in 2017.

A dynamic 2016 season
  • hayden paddon stands on the car to celebrate his first victory in the rally argentina
    Hayden Paddon's first victory in the Rally Argentina

    Hayden Paddon brought the Hyundai Motorsport Team its first victory during the 2016 season. It was a meaningful race not only because it was the team's first victory of the season, but also because it was Hayden Paddon's first individual WRC win. He showed a strong performance on dirt roads and left the Rally Argentina without any regrets, leaving him only to look eagerly towards achieving even better.

  • thierry neuville with his crew sits on the top of the car and he wins the rally italy to end the slump
    Thierry Neuville wins the Rally Italy to end the slump!

    Thierry Neuville, who was in a slump during the early stages of the season, turned it around to win the Rally Italy in the mid-season, and took to the podium 5 times after that. In the end, he was able to take 2nd place in the individual standings overall.

  • danny sordo hugs with his crew and reluctantly takes 2nd place in spain
    Danny Sordo reluctantly settles for 2nd place in Spain

    Responding to the overwhelming support from his home fans in Spain, Dani Sordo led for most of the race in 1st place, but after losing the lead in stage 14, he had to settle for a result of 2nd. Nevertheless, Thierry Neuville brought the silver lining by rallying into 3rd, giving the team a double podium in this exciting race.

Hyundai Motorsport stepping up its game in the second WRC season
  • the group photo of 2015 season motorsport team crews
  • Hyundai Motorsport stepping up its game in the second WRC season

    Hyundai Motorsport established itself as a genuine contender after securing a historic 1-2 finish and two other podium finishes in its debut season. The team demonstrated further improvement over the season's 13 rallies, ending up with enough points to secure 3rd place overall.

    With continuous development from lessons learned from driving on the harshest roads, the next generation i20 Rally Car is gearing up for the 2016 season.

Hyundai Motorsports Team's continued podiums in 2015
  • the first podium 2015 rally sweden of thierry neuville and nicolas gilsoul
    The first podium of 2015, Rally Sweden Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul

    The Hyundai Motorsport team stepped onto the WRC podium for the fourth time in its short history, first time this season, as Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul stormed to second place in Rally Sweden.

  •  hayden paddon and thierry neuville double podium rally italia sardegna
    Double Podium at Rally Italia Sardegna Hayden Paddon (2nd) and Thierry Neuville (3rd)

    An impressive double podium was rewarded for Hyundai Motorsport - second and third positions have enabled the team to close the gap to the second in the Manufacturers Championship.

  • spaniard dani sordo stands on the opened door car and leads the way with podium at home
    The Spaniard Dani Sordo Leads the way with podium at home

    Home hero, Dani Sordo of Hyundai Motorsports Team claimed valuable Championship points with his third-place finish In Rally de Espana.

HYUNDAI at WRC - YEAR ONE FACT FILE FOR 2014
  • front view of i20 on the sand road in the first season 2014
  • Hyundai Motorsport's maiden season in 2014 was full of highlights, memories and firsts. With its continuously improving i20 WRC, the team boldly carried on during an extremely competitive and fierce WRC season. Hyundai achieved its first victory in Rally Germany after 9 attempts and took four podiums in three rallies overall.

  • Hyundai began its debut season in January 2014 in Monte-Carlo, with the shortest preparation time for any new manufacturer ever. It was just 394 days after the formation of Hyundai Motorsport GmbH, made possible by 8,000km of i20 WRC testing over 16 sessions.

Start of a new era for Hyundai i20 WRC
  • four hyundai drivers stand on the podium to celebrate with champagnes
    Review of Hyundai Motorsport Team's first season

    On August 24, 2014, four drivers from the Hyundai Motorsport Team stood on the podium in Trier, Germany. The team scored a historic maiden victory in the FIA World Rally Championship, with Thierry Neuville leading teammate Dani Sordo home to a 1-2 finish in the team's ninth WRC event. Considering that the team had only been in existence for 18 months, the result is even more impressive.
    This rally in Germany was straight out of a fairy tale: things looked hopeless after a major crash right before the rally, but the mechanics worked a remarkable 18-hour shift to fix the car just in time for the first day, after which the team miraculously went on to win their debut WRC event that very Sunday afternoon. The four days in Trier showed just how much the team had improved, leaving the world in anticipation of their journey onward.

Stepping up to the podium
  • thierry neuville and nicolas gilsoul raises trophy and sits on the top of the car to celebrate
    • With its maiden victory in Rally Deutschland in August, Hyundai became just one of two manufacturers to win a WRC event in 2014, the other being Volkswagen.
    • In its debut season, Hyundai has taken to the podium in three rallies (Mexico, Poland and Germany) with four podium finishes.
We could never imagine that coming here,
in just our ninth WRC rally, that we would be celebrating a 1-2 result.
We wanted to use this year as a learning year and we won't let this result carry us away. Our Hyundai i20 WRC is improving all the time.
- Michele Nandan, the Hyundai Motorsport Team principal -
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