History

Opening the door to the world

2012

A New Contender

  • Announcement of Re-entry to the World Rally Championship
  • Completion of Hyundai Motorsport in Germany

Hyundai announced its re-entry to the WRC and unveiled the New i20 WRC concept car at the Paris Motor Show in September, 2012. And just three months after this announcement, Hyundai Motorsport was established in Alzenau, Germany, propelling Hyundai’s preparation for re-entry to the WRC

Full-Scale Debut

  • Unveiling of the Newly Improved i20 WRC Concept Car Model at the Geneva Motor Show, March 2013
  • Completion of the European Technical Center in Nürburgring
  • Debut Presentation of the N Logo and Unveiling of the 2014 WRC Participating Vehicle, December 2013

N’s Debut at Motorsport

Taking the Podium

  • Maiden Victory at Rally Germany
  • Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC Takes Four Podiums and Finishes Fourth in the WRC
  • Appointment of Albert Biermann as Executive Vice President, December 2014

Just twelve months after its establishment, the WRC team arrived in Monte-Carlo for its competitive debut with two i20 WRC rally cars. Later on at Rally Germany, Thierry and Nicolas went on to claim Hyundai Motor’s first WRC victory, in spite of an earlier accident which required mechanics to completely rebuild the car.

A Glimpse Into the Future

  • Launch of the Hyundai High-performance N Lineup at the Frankfurt Motorshow with N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo and RM 15 Concept Cars.
  • Hyundai takes four podiums and finishes the WRC in Third Place.

The engineers at Hyundai Motor have been building upon their research step-by-step, developing new technology internally since 2012. In the fall of 2015, the full-on launch of High-performance N was announced along with various new high-performance technologies The N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo was also showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show showing off the future of Hyundai’s high-performance technology.

N Making Progress

  • Launch of High-performance Racing Concepts RM 16 at the Busan Motor Show and RN 30 at the Paris Motor Show.
  • Successful Completion of the 2016 24 Hours Nürburgring Endurance Race with i30 N Prototype.

Hyundai Motor not only took part in the 2016 24 Hours Nürburgring Endurance Race in Germany, but successfully ran both of its vehicles the full length of the grueling 24-hour course, which many other cars never even complete. A newly developed High-performance N engine showed its ability to perform under harsh conditions, and the public’s first look at the performance of i30 N powertrain generated a whirlwind of anticipation with drivers around the world.

A New Car for a New Era

  • Launch of i30N, Hyundai’s First Mass-Produced High-Performance Car
  • Ramp Up Customer Racing Activities with the Debut of i30N TCR Which Won its First Race Ever

The i30N, the first N model, was launched in Europe and collected numerous accolades from renowned media in Europe in addition to a great amount of interest from consumers. Autocar, one of the most influential automotive publications, awarded i30N in their annual awards as a ‘Game Changer’. Consecutively, Hyundai expanded its customer racing business to TCR and the i30N TCR won its first race ever at the Zhejiang international circuit in China. Thus demonstrating the excellent performance of N vehicles.

The New Takeoff

  • Establishment of the High-Performance Vehicle & Motorsport Division, to Oversee Strategy, Product Planning, Sales and Marketing
  • Consecutive Launch of Veloster N and i30 Fastback N Car Models
  • Leading the 2018 WTCR Series with Top Performance by i30N TCR Drivers and Team in First Place

Appointment of Thomas Schemera as the new Executive Vice President to lead the newly established High-Performance Vehicle & Motorsport Division. The Veloster N, Korea’s first N model, has been a sensation among customers, leading to strong sales growth. As such, Veloster N has also been voted the ‘Best Buy’ car in the Kelley Blue Book ‘Performance Car’ division, raising expectations for the US market. The i30N TCR displayed its powerful performance and rocked the 2018 FIA World Touring Car as the overall winner with Gabriele Tarquini leading the team. The i30N TCR also took 2nd and 4th place in the 24-Hour Nürburgring race in 2018.