Hyundai officially unveiled its full team line-up at a special launch event that took place in Frankfurt today. For those who don’t know, the Korean carmaker is preparing for its debut in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship at Monte Carlo next month. The car you see in the photos is actually the final version of the i20 WRC.
Thierry Neuville made his first public appearance in Hyundai Motorsport colours as the teams lead driver, while Juho Hänninen, who will drive the second i20 WRC at selected events, was also present. It was also announced that both Dani Sordo and Chris Atkinson will partner Thierry Neuville at several events during the season, with Dani Sordo running on Rallye Monte-Carlo and Atkinson confirmed for Rally Australia.
Using the occasion of its WRC launch, Hyundai also announced that it will use “N” lettering to symbolize its high performance technology on both the i20 WRC car and future mass-produced high performance cars.
The N performance sub-brand is named after Hyundai’s R&D facility in Namyang, South Korea. The Namyang R&D Centre is at the heart of the technological innovation and development that serves as the driving force behind Hyundai’s growth as a global brand. [source: Hyundai]