2014 Hyundai i20 WRC Gallery

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Hyundai at the ongoing Paris Motor Show has revealed the i20 WRC car which would mark the manufacturers return to the championship. This isn’t the first time that Hyundai would be entering WRC and the Korean manufacturer ran the Accent sedan from 2000 up to 2003. But unlike the Accent which was developed by a British firm Motor Sort Developments, the i20 WRC has been developed completely in-house from scratch. While Hyundai is expected to take part in some events next season more as a process of evaluating and further developing their car, a full WRC programme is expected only by 2014. Speaking on the occasion of unveiling of the i20 WRC hatch at the Paris Motor Show, Mark Hall, Hyundai Motor Europe’s Managing Director, said, "The World Rally Championship is recognised as one of the most dramatic sporting series on earth," he explained. "It’s a spectacle filled with excitement and dynamism - the perfect embodiment of the Hyundai brand. Our participation will demonstrate Hyundai’s engineering excellence and durability, and will also help to enhance our passenger vehicles in the future." “The World Rally Championship provides the most technically diverse challenge for an automotive manufacturer. By taking part we want to demonstrate Hyundai’s engineering excellence and durability, and improve our future models,” he added.