Hyundai Motorsport World Rally Championship

Why rallying?

Closer to fans than any other top level motorsport, rallying sees production based cars competing on roads of gravel, tarmac, snow and ice. With 13 events around the world visiting the mountains around Monte-Carlo, the plains of Argentina, the vineyards of Germany and the forests of Wales and Finland, the WRC delivers equal measures of excitement, challenge, passion and performance.

The Two faces of the i20

The hand-built i20 WRC is a bespoke, ultra-performance competition car that is based on the i20 production vehicle. Equipped with a new rear wing and front spoiler to improve cooling, the i20 WRC also features improvements to the suspension kinematics and chassis stiffness.



The project is led by Hyundai Motorsport, a new centre of excellence for performance engineering in the Hyundai family. Born at the start of 2013 and based in Alzenau, Germany, Hyundai Motorsport was set up to develop a long term motorsport program that demonstrates the emotion and engineering excellence that Hyundai puts into its cars.





Michel Nandan

Team Principal


Born in Monaco, Michel Nandan is one of the World Rally Championship’s most experienced and veteran technical heads. The 54-year-old has an impressive pedigree in WRC having worked successfully at Toyota, Peugeot and Suzuki teams before joining Hyundai Motorsport GmbH as Team Principal in January 2013.




Thierry Neuville


After impressing in the Junior World Rally Championship in 2010, Neuville switched to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2011 and was part of a five-way battle for the title on the season finale in Cyprus on the back of two victories. In 2012, he moved up to WRC and competed in all 13 rounds and set 11 fastest stage times.



Nicolas Gilsoul


Gilsoul partners Thierry Neuville for the 2016 season. Enthusiastic, dedicated and regarded as a highly organised individual, Gilsoul began co-driving for Thierry Neuville in April 2011. One month later they bagged their first international victory together when they won the famous Tour de Corse, a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

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Hayden paddon


New Zealander Hayden Paddon has been involved in motorsport from a young age, having begun go-karting at age six. Climbing through the many different tiers of rallying – he joined the Hyundai Motorsport WRC team in 2014. In April 2016 he scored his maiden WRC win in Argentina.




Dani Sordo


Spain’s Dani Sordo is one of the most experienced WRC drivers still in competition with over 100 rallies under his belt at 30 years of age.
In 2011 and 2012 he competed with the MINI World Rally Team, where he claimed a rally victory with a determined drive in Rallye Deutschland.



Chris Atkinson


With two second place finishes at the 2008 Rally México and Rally Argentina, other podium placings include third place finishes at the 2005 Rally Japan and the 2008 Monte Carlo Rally. 'Atko' won the 2012 Asia Pacific Rally Championship.

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