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 Christopher Kho
 
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Only weeks after Hyundai announced their return to the World Rally Championship (WRC), Ford and MINI have, sadly, declared that both their factory-backed teams are exiting the championship after the 2012 season. Citing different reasons for their departure, the news has burst our bubble as we had hoped that the WRC will finally return to its glory days with VW and Toyota joining the field next year.
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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 | Photos courtesy of HPI Racing
 
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If you've been longing to become a World Rally Championship (WRC) driver someday, you can now live the dream in 1/8th scale with the WR8 3.0 from HPI Racing. This radio-controlled rally car takes shape as the 2011 Ford Fiesta RS WRC and is powered by a two-stroke G3.0 nitro engine with full-time 4WD. Boxed up complete with a 2.4GHz radio system and tarmac tires, this miniature racer is ready to hit stages on tarmac, gravel, or snow. 
 
Drive Mikko Hirvonen's Fiesta RS WRC draped in the official Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team livery. And to complete the scale realism, the WR8 rolls on licensed miniature Michelin Latitude Cross S1 gravel tires used in the WRC, mounted on white OZ rims.
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total_redbull1Once again, Total demonstrates its dominance in motorsports as the proud parter of two of the world's most successful racing teams. Even before the 2011 Formula 1 and World Rally Championship (WRC) season has ended, both the Red Bull Racing Team and Citroën Total World Rally Team have already won the constructor's title. On top of those victories, Sebastian Vettel took home his second Formula 1 driver's world championship with four races to spare, while seven-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb is on his way to an eighth title with only one round left in this year's calendar.
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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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