Show you're serious with elite motorsport
In 2014, Top Gear magazine’s Ollie Marriage won the Wales Rally GB B2 class in a converted Hyundai i20 road car. Undaunted by this potential peak in its motorsport career, Hyundai gamely battled on in the elite World Rally Championship, taking an altogether more serious i20 WRC to fourth in the championship in 2014, then third in 2015 and runner-up to the dominant (and now absent) Volkswagen team in 2016. The size of the operation has to be seen to be believed – the team garage looks like an entire dealership has been airlifted into the service park by Thunderbird 2. For 2017, it looks as if the Hyundais are going to be properly competitive – i20 driver Thierry Neuville was leading the Rallye Monte Carlo until a minute mistake on the Saturday afternoon cost him some broken rear suspension and any chance of the overall win. But it goes to show Hyundai is learning extremely quickly.
Images: Mark Riccioni
This feature was originally published in issue 293 of Top Gear magazine