Hyundai has unveiled its 2024 WRC challenger, the i20N Rally1, which team principal Cyril Abiteboul hopes will bring more consistent performance over the coming season than its predecessor achieved.
The team identified reliability and weight as the car’s main weaknesses in 2023, and updates are said to seek to address these.
“This year, we want to target more frequent wins, which we hope to achieve with our refreshed driver line-up and improved Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid,” said Abiteboul.
“Also, given the nature of the 2024 season, we believe we can fight for the drivers’ title. Ott had unfinished business with the team, and once we started talking, we realized there was a mutual interest to finish it. Alongside Thierry, we have two drivers capable of claiming the crown.
“In our third car, we wanted to reward crews that we felt deserved the opportunity, as all three have shown loyalty to the team as well as impressive pace and ability over the past years. Bringing in talent in a number of areas, such as new engineers, mechanics, weather and sporting personnel, also strengthens the overall team as we look to push forward this year.
Success in 2024 will be our focus,” he added, “and we are confident that we have the right pieces in place for this to be a reality. In addition, we also have a plan that looks forward into 2025 and 2026 that we intend to execute.”