Hyundai Motorsport unveiled its full team line-up at a special launch event in Frankfurt today, as the manufacturer gears up for its debut in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship at Monte Carlo next month.
Hyundai Motorsport, which has announced yesterday that it will compete in the 2014 World Rally Championship under the name Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, has reiterated that it has set realistic targets for its debut season with the primary objective of finishing each rally event with two cars.
The final livery of the i20 WRC car was also unveiled yesterday in Frankfurt, with the names of the main sponsor, Shell Helix, and other sponsors appearing on the car.
The young team will approach each rally with the goal of accumulating vital knowledge and data in order to strengthen its foundations for subsequent years. Going up against vastly more experienced WRC competitors, the team knows that it has a steep learning curve, but it relishes the challenge and will be aiming to compete for podium places during the season.
“We have worked tremendously hard to get where we are today and to be able to launch our new WRC team to the world,” said Michel Nandam, team principal of Hyundai Motorsport GmbH. “In less than one year, we have built and tested a brand new WRC-specification car, the Hyundai i20 WRC, and established a professional team and modern motorsport facility. It is a huge accomplishment, but we know that we have a lot to learn in our first season. Our aims for 2014 are realistic: we want to finish each rally with both cars and build up a database of information and experience so we can develop ourselves into prospective rally winners in the future.”
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