Hyundai has just launched its new N brand worldwide which will be for its performance vehicles including its WRC range. The new 'N' brand will be for future high performance products and is similar to the M division of BMW and AMG for Mercedes. The name takes inspiration from the Namyang Research and Development centre in Korea that has collaborated with Hyundai Motorsport on the development of the i20 WRC.
Wordwide this would mean performance versions of cars like the Hyundai i20 and Veloster among others.
Hyundai has also unveiled its full team line-up for its debut in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship at Monte Carlo next month. The launch event was held at the home of Hyundai Motor Europe in Offenbach, just a short drive from Hyundai Motorsport’s facility in Alzenau, where final preparations are taking place for the team’s rally debut in just over one month.
Thierry Neuville made his first public appearance in Hyundai Motorsport colours as the team’s lead driver, while Juho Hänninen, who will drive the second i20 WRC at selected events, was also present. It was also announced that both Dani Sordo and Chris Atkinson will partner Neuville at several events during the season, with Sordo running on Rallye Monte-Carlo and Atkinson confirmed for Rally Australia.
The first iteration of the i20 WRC car made an appearance at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012 and now it is a fully functioning motorsport team with two rally cars ready to compete in 2014.