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 Gracey Maquiniana | Photos courtesy of Isuzu Motorsports
 
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Isuzu’s motorsport division has built their most powerful pick-up ever to compete in the world's toughest off-road race, the Dakar Rally. The team will race a purpose-built Isuzu D-Max in the T2 Cross-Country car class for production vehicles which will be piloted by Australian Bruce Garland with countrymen Harry Suzuki taking on navigator duties. Together, they will be attempting covering over 8,000 kilometers over the most difficult terrains of Peru, Argentina, and Chile in just 14 days; hopefully finishing in first.
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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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Words by Christopher Kho 
 
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In a sport dominated by 900 horsepower purpose-built monsters, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is taking on the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb challenge in an all-electric production - a first in the brand’s history. Based on their road-going hatchback, the i-MiEV prototype is heading to the slopes of Colorado in the U.S. on the 8th of July to race against the clock to the heavens, driven by no less than legendary two-time Dakar Rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka
 
Describing the Pikes Peak-bound i-MiEV prototype as “based on the production model” is actually a bit of a misnomer. You see, judging from the sketches from Mitsubishi, this prototype looks absolutely nothing like its road-going counterpart. The main cabin has been narrowed to fit just one occupant, while its wheelbase and track width extended so much so that it should more or less look like an odd Le Mans prototype Frankenstein.
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Words by John Luther Garcia | Photos and video courtesy of Honda Australia 
 
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Nope. This is not your typical stock Honda Jazz with a Mugen decal roaming the streets. Neither are its clustered foglamps and flared wheel arches just aesthetics for a car show. What you see here is a 245 horsepower Mugen-tuned Jazz that was re-engineered for rally racing. J.A.S Motorsports from Italy was responsible for turning the humble Jazz hatchback into a full-bred rally machine and was specifically built to compete in the 2012 Bosch Australian Rally Championship (ARC).
 
Underneath the hood is a 2.0L engine sourced from Mugen that pumps out a whopping 245 horsepower and 193 Nm of torque with a 9,000 rpm rev limit. While it maintains its front wheel drivetrain, this could very well be the fastest Jazz in the world! The J.A.S. Motorsports Jazz rally car will run under the Group 2 (G2) specifications of the Australian Rally Championship and will be driven by Mark Pedder with co-pilot by Claire Ryan, both of which are seasoned motorsports drivers. They will be joined by veterans Eli Evans and Glen Weston in a sister Jazz rally car, run by the Evans Motorsport team.
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The Automobile Association Philippines (AAP), the country's motorsports authority, has just published the complete Philippine motorsports calendar for 2012 covering almost anything and everything on four wheels. Under its affiliated clubs, AAP sanctions all motorsport competitions in six disciplines: circuit racing, karting, slalom, car rally, rally cross, and 4WD off-rod racing. 
 
Big races in store for this year are the Philippine GT, Philippine Touring Car Championship (PTCC), RMSC's National Slalom Series, Hillclimb Series, RallyEKross, National Karting Series, and Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC). These championshipo will visit the country's premier race tracks such as the Clark International Speedway (CIS), Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC), and Carmona Race Track (CRT).
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Monday, 09 May 2011 12:46

Volkswagen tosses the Polo R into WRC

Words by Kevin Siy | Photos and video courtesy of Volkswagen AG
 
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Wolfsburg, Germany - In front of 200 journalists, Volkswagen Management Board Member Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg unveiled the Polo R WRC, announcing Volkswagen’s entry into the World Rally Championship (WRC) by 2013. For Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen, this move exemplifies Volkswagen’s commitment in traversing new horizons, new challenges.

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The WRC surrounds itself with the worst extremes: varying climatic conditions, and different ground types that include mud, ice, and gravel. The Polo R WRC has to be built in a way that extends the frontiers of technology, precision, and ingenuity; so it could defy reliability as it conquers the blazing heat of South America and freezing conditions in Scandinavia.
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