Hyundai And FIA Rally Champions World Tour

All new Hyundai i20 Rally2

Hyundai Motorsport and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) have joined forces to launch the FIA Rally Champions World Tour, united by a common goal of encouraging and promoting rallying talent from regional series around the world for the next three years.

The brand new initiative will support successful drivers from the FIA’s regional rally series by offering them a prize drive in the Hyundai i20 N Rally2 at an FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) event.

Starting from this season championship winners from five FIA-sanctioned regional series – the African Rally Championship, Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, CODASUR Rally Championship, Middle East Rally Championship and NACAM Rally Championship – will be awarded a drive in the i20 N Rally2 at a WRC round during the 2022 campaign.

The program will run for three years – the victorious crews from 2022 and 2023 also eligible for the prize and take part in WRC events during 2023 and 2024 respectively.

Though what event each crew will join will be confirmed on an individual basis, it is planned that each will be as relevant as possible to the prize winners to allow them to take maximum advantage of the fantastic opportunity.

The i20 N Rally2 at the centre of the prize is the latest rallying design produced by the Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing department. Set to be homologated later this year and debuted in FIA WRC2 competition at Ypres Rally Belgium the car is successor to the Hyundai i20 R5, which has clinched several national and international titles since its first runs in the hands of customer teams and drivers in 2016.

Through an extensive testing schedule the new car has been put through its paces on a wide variety of surfaces, including Swedish snow and rough Sardinian gravel, by drivers with both WRC and FIA WRC2 class experience. With the additional work carried out by the dedicated development engineers working on the project the final package should be competitive no matter the event and – importantly for those who will climb behind the wheel for their prize drive – easy to get the best performance from quickly on the stages.