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WRC hybrid rules make it "credible platform" - Hyundai

Hyundai Motorsport’s Andrea Adamo says the World Rally Championship’s new hybrid rules cycle is a “credible platform” that allows car manufacturers to demonstrate cutting-edge technologies.

Thierry Neuville, Martijn Wydaeghe, Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

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Adamo made the comments as it was announced that the South Korean company will be joining M-Sport Ford and Toyota Gazoo Racing in the FIA championship until the end of the 2024 season.

The news ends weeks of speculation as to whether Hyundai was committed to the introduction of electrification, despite Adamo telling Motorsport.com this month he was “optimistic” about its plans.

The two-time manufacturers’ championship winner will use the i20N supermini as the base car for their Rally1 project in the hope it can add to the 18 victories it has secured since joining the WRC back in 2014.

Those victories have been achieved by a mix of drivers, including Ott Tanak, Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon.

“Hyundai Motorsport exists to support the global objectives set by Hyundai Motor Company, by offering a credible platform to showcase current and future automotive technology,” said Adamo.

“Through racing and rallying, we are able to influence and give direction to development of tomorrow’s Hyundai road cars; this is a real honour and a role we take incredibly seriously.

“We are therefore pleased to support to the future direction outlined by the FIA and the WRC Promoter with the new hybrid regulations from 2022.

“We will develop our car around the Hyundai i20 N, which itself was inspired by our WRC success to date.

"As two-time champions, we welcome the new challenge and look forward to flying the Hyundai flag into this new era."

Hyundai Motorsport is set to dovetail its WRC commitments with the Pure ETCR (Real Electric Car Racing) championship using the Veloster N ETCR.

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Till Wartenberg, the Vice President and Head of Hyundai’s N Brand, said top-flight competition remains “a hugely valuable testbed” for the firm.

“It is imperative for us to embrace more sustainable solutions, so we are delighted to see WRC move in this direction with new hybrid regulations that will create a more relevant link to our road vehicle technology,” said Wartenberg.

“We relish the challenge and know that the skilled, experienced team at Hyundai Motorsport will do all they can to maintain the title and rally-winning status that they have built up in recent years.”

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