Words by Leo Lim | Photos courtesy of Hyundai Motorsport Gmbh
 
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Last time I’ve seen a Hyundai on the World Rally Championship (WRC) stage was exactly 10 years ago when the Accent WRC battled it out with Evos and STIs. Sadly, their lackluster performance failed to land any podium positions in all the races they’ve joined. By then, it was a lost cause and Hyundai quietly packed their bags and walked out of the WRC.
 
But in 2012, they teased an i20 kitted out with a roll cage and stripped down to bare metal at the Paris Auto Show. Not much was said about the car other than Hyundai’s intention to return to WRC. Being a sceptic, I guess this was nothing more than a show and tell segment in Hyundai’s marketing tool box.
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Words by Rico Soriano | Photos courtesy of Hyundai Motor Company
 
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When was the last time you heard the words Hyundai and motorsports in the same sentence? Well, for most of you, probably never. But did you know that the Korean automaker used to compete in the World Rally Championship (WRC) back in 1999 with a four-wheel-drive Accent hatchback? Unfortunately, with limited success and a tight budget, they were forced to pull out after the 2003 season. 
 
But at the opening of the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Hyundai proudly announced their return to the WRC with the i20. According to Mark Hall, Hyundai Motor Europe's Marketing Director: “Our participation will demonstrate Hyundai's engineering excellence and durability, and will also help to enhance our passenger vehicles in future."
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