As the 2013 World Rally Championship has kicked off, the newcomer VW has already started with few success and Hyundai has revealed its plans for the 2014 championship.
It only a couple of month that Korean auto manufacturer has confirmed its return to the International motorsport, now it has revealed that it has appointed WRC veteran Michel Nandan to serve its WRC team as team Principal.
Nandan has resided on many key positions at the world rally stage since 90s, and it is believed that he is already working with the company by overseeing the development of the new WRC race car that will be based on the Hyundai’s i20 Hatchback.
The early version of the i20 hatchback has already begun its testing in Korea. This will allow engineers to study component and suspension behavior. Further tests are scheduled event throughout this year at the Hyundai’s new WRC head-quarter at Alzenau, Germany.
If everything went according to the plan then we might see Hyundai competing in the 2014 WRC season. Hyundai is not new to the world of WRC, with the participation experience that ranges from 2000 to 2003. The return of the Korean auto giant mainly shows its growth strategy in Europe where WRC is quite popular.
Along with that Hyundai is also boasting about the technology transfer from the experience of the WRC to the road vehicles. Particularly Hyundai is quite concerned about improving the handling quality of its vehicles and has gone quite far for that by opening its own testing center at Nurburgring.