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Trevor Collett | Dec, 11 2013 | 0 Comments

Australian Chris Atkinson will contest selected rounds of the 2014 World Rally Championship in a works Hyundai i20 World Rally Car, the company revealed today.

'Atko' will be driving with the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, which unveiled its new livery this week at the home of Hyundai Motor Europe in Offenbach, Germany.

The team’s i20 WRC has undergone extensive testing throughout the year, including tarmac testing in France and gravel testing in Spain.

Atkinson will return to competitive WRC driving in 2014, after signing on as a test driver for the Hyundai team earlier this year.

“It’s been a pleasure to be part of Hyundai Motorsport in testing this season and to have had the chance to contribute to the development of the i20 WRC,” Atkinson said.

“It’s fantastic to be able to carry on with the team into 2014, our first WRC season, and to be able to drive in Rally Australia later in the year.”

Despite the rigorous testing schedule, the team has set modest goals for its first full-time season competing with the new i20.

The primary objective for 2014 is for both of its two cars to finish each rally event, accumulating knowledge and data along the way with a view to being more competitive in future seasons.

Hyundai’s sponsorship deal with Shell is a multi-year agreement, with the i20 WRCs to carry Shell Helix-Ultra signage throughout 2014.

The 13-round WRC for 2014 gets underway in Monte Carlo on January 19, with Rally Australia scheduled to begin on September 14.


Hyundai “N” High Performance Road Car Program

Hyundai used the launch of its new i20 World Rally Car to announce new branding for its performance road-car division.

Future performance cars from the Korean carmaker will be branded ‘Hyundai “N”’, with the i20 WRC car also carrying the ‘N’ name.

The ‘N’ represents the Namyang R&D Centre, which developed the i20 WRC together with Hyundai Motorsport.

Hyundai hopes to tie-in its WRC development with future road-going performance cars, using the ‘N’ branding to establish the link.

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