Many people who experienced the Hyundai Pony of the ’80s might have a tough time grasping the concept of a world class racing car with a Hyundai badge on it. Sure, the fantastic Genesis Coupe has been successful in a number of North American showroom stock racing series, but somehow these series still don’t feel as hard core as some of the European series.
Allow me to wipe that feeling right out of your brain.
For the 2014 season, Hyundai is competing in the WRC with brace of full on i20 rally cars. The heavily modified sub-compact models saw success at the recent Rally Mexico where both cars not only finished, but the #7 of Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul scored a third place finish despite having to stop to repair a coolant leak on the final stage.
YouTuber MAT Rally Video caught Juho Hanninen and Tomi Tuominen in action during practice for the upcoming Vodaphone Rally de Portugal in their i20.
This is not your Father’s (Grandfather’s?) Hyundai!