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New Generation i20 WRC at Rally Mexico

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Hyundai Motorsport heads to Mexico aiming to maintain its unbroken run of podium finishes in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), having achieved consecutive top-three finishes in the two opening rounds of the season.

Third place for Thierry Neuville in Monte-Carlo and second for Hayden Paddon in Sweden marked the first-ever back-to-back podiums for Hyundai Motorsport, setting a strong debut for the New Generation i20 WRC. The team will now hope to repeat this feat at the scene of its debut WRC podium two years ago.

The heat and harsh gravel terrain of Mexico will, however, offer a stern new test for the three New Generation i20 WRCs and the team’s trio of drivers, who have all demonstrated impressive pace in the first two rallies of the year.

Thierry and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul – who memorably finished on the Mexico podium in 2014 – will once again take to the #3 car for Hyundai Shell World Rally Team and will be joined by Dani Sordo and Marc Martí in the #4 car. Hayden Paddon and John Kennard will drive for Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team, behind-the-wheel of the #20 New Generation i20 WRC.

Rally Mexico was first held in 1979 before relocation to León in 1998. It is a relatively young event in the WRC, having only featured in the championship since 2004. With ambient temperatures pushing 30°C, the environment is a far cry from the colder conditions of Monte-Carlo and Sweden, placing huge stress on cars and crews alike.

In addition to the heat, drivers have to tackle unforgiving gravel roads, which become heavily rutted by the second pass. Altitude is also an extra test for man and machine. The mountains around Guanajuato reach 2737 metres elevation above sea level, at which point the thin air places further stress on engines. As a result, cars can lose up to 20% power.

Rally Mexico sees a number of new features introduced for 2016, including a León night stage to end Saturday’s action and Sunday morning’s gigantic 80km Guanajuato, which is the longest WRC stage since 1983. The punishing itinerary and extreme conditions mean that nothing is guaranteed as Hyundai Motorsport aims to keep pace with Volkswagen Motorsport in the Manufacturers’ standings.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “Our team heads to Mexico with a lot of positivity after the performances so far this year. At the same time, we know that this rally will offer a new set of challenges and demands on our New Generation i20 WRC cars and the team itself. The new car has already proven to be a step forward on its predecessor but we have more to learn on the tough Mexican terrain. We will have to wait and see if we can challenge for the podium again but that’s our objective. This year’s itinerary for Rally Mexico includes an extremely daunting 80km stage on Sunday morning, which will put the cars and crews under immense pressure. There will be no room for error and it adds an extra layer of difficulty to a rally that was already one of the toughest. It will be exciting – and nerve-wracking – to follow. We head to Mexico just five points behind Volkswagen Motorsport in the Manufacturers’ Championship, so we’re more than motivated to fight at the front – and hopefully to make it three podiums in a row!”

Neuville (#3 New Generation i20 WRC) is no stranger to success at Rally Mexico. Having taken his first ever WRC podium at the event, he followed that up in 2014 with Hyundai Motorsport’s first ever top-three and last year took three stage wins.

Neuville commented: “I have very positive thoughts about Mexico because it is where I got my first podium in the World Rally Championship. It is also where we got the first podium for Hyundai Motorsport so I am sure the whole team has very good memories as well. We are all looking forward to this year’s event with the beautiful weather and stages as well as running the New Generation i20 WRC at altitude. We sorted out some problems that I had with the car from the last rally; everything is running well now and I am pleased with its performance potential. I look forward to taking on the Mexican stages once more and trying to get another top-three finish.”

Sordo (#4 New Generation i20 WRC) is also very familiar with the roads of Rally Mexico, and last year achieved a stage win and five top-three stage finishes in total. The Spaniard is eager to build on his 2016 rhythm after a consistent pair of top-six performances at Monte-Carlo and Sweden.

Sordo said: “Rally Mexico is a really nice event, which has exceptional weather and some very picturesque stages. However, the rally is also really high in altitude, so the engines lose a lot of power. This means that we have to be very aware of the roads to make sure we get the most speed out of the car as possible. The roads themselves have a really good surface but it can be very different between the first pass and the second, when there can be a lot more grip. This year there will be a very long stage as well, so it will be nice to run that. I am enjoying getting to grips with the New Generation i20 WRC and look forward to continuing this at Mexico. As we get more and more comfortable I look forward to pushing harder for the top-three finishes that I know we can achieve with this car.”

Paddon (#20 New Generation i20 WRC) made his debut in the New Generation i20 WRC at Rally Sweden and came away second place, equalling his WRC career best with Hyundai Motorsport. He now looks to Mexico’s stages as an opportunity to continue fine-tuning his set-up in the new car.

Paddon commented: “We are really excited to be competing at Mexico again and it will be great to be in the sun for the first time in a long time after a series of wet and cold rallies. It will be a challenging rally for sure, with some much longer stages than normal, particularly the 80km Guanajuato stage. But we are really looking forward to it, to getting back into the new car, and particularly to do so on the gravel stages that make up Rally Mexico. I felt really good in the car at Sweden and we will look to continue adjusting that feeling on the Mexican stages so that we are comfortable, and can really shoot for points. This rally will be all about learning the car and the Mexican roads, and I hope we can bring home another good result.”

This year’s Rally Mexico will cover over 399km over 21 stages across the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanajuato mountain ranges, starting on Thursday night with the exciting Guanajuato ceremonial start that sees huge crowds and festivities at the UNESCO World Heritage Site as drivers tackle the city’s former mining tunnels.

Action on Friday continues with two runs of the 54.21km El Chocolate and 15.36km Las Minas stages, as well as two 2.30km passes of the Super Special held in the León Autodrome. Drivers then circle back to León for Saturday’s stages, including Ibarrilla (30.38km) and two runs of Otates (42.62km) and El Brinco (7.15km) each. Additional features in this busy day include two more passes of León Autodrome, Agua Zarca (16.47km) and the 1.41km León night-time street stage.

Mexico’s exciting selection of gruelling, long stages then concludes on Sunday with the monstrous 80km Guanajuato stretch, preceding a second running of Agua Zarca that will be the rally’s Power Stage.

Hyundai Motorsport Crews’ Info

New Generation i20 WRC #3
Chassis number: 002
Thierry Neuville Nicolas Gilsoul
DOB 16 June 1988 5 February 1982
First WRC event 2009, Rally Catalunya 2007, Rallye Monte-Carlo
WRC starts 61 56
WRC podiums 13 13
WRC wins 1 1
Rally Mexico starts 4 4
Rally Mexico previous results 2012: 13th (10th WRC), 2013: 3rd, 2014: 3rd, 2015: 8th 2012: 13th (10th WRC), 2013: 3rd, 2014: 3rd, 2015: 8th

 

New Generation i20 WRC #4
Chassis number: 001
Dani Sordo Marc Martí
DOB 2 May 1983 1 October 1966
First WRC event 2003, Rally Catalunya 1992, Rally Catalunya
WRC starts 130 165
WRC podiums 38 44
WRC wins 1 3
Rally Mexico starts 6 6
Rally Mexico previous results 2006: 4th, 2007: 4th, 2008: 16th, 2010: 14th, 2013: 4th, 2015: 5th 2004: 3rd, 2006: 4th, 2007: 4th, 2008: 16th, 2010: 14th, 2015: 5th

 

New Generation i20 WRC #20
Chassis number: 003
Hayden Paddon John Kennard
DOB 20 April 1987 11 February 1959
First WRC event 2007, Rally New Zealand 1985, Rally Finland
WRC starts 49 57
WRC podiums 2 3
WRC wins
Rally Mexico starts 1 1
Rally Mexico previous results 2015: 17th (11th WRC) 2015: 17th (11th WRC)

 

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Hyundai Motor showcases autonomous technology at 2017 CES

Hyundai Motor has unveiled a suite of interactive demonstrations at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas

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  • Hyundai Motor presents its vision for future mobility with autonomous test drives at CES 2017
  • Autonomous IONIQ concepts demonstrate self-driving technology in Las Vegas as part of ongoing advanced trials in urban environments
  • Visitors invited to experience autonomous driving through immersive virtual reality simulators at Hyundai Motor booth

Hyundai Motor has unveiled a suite of interactive demonstrations at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas as the company presents its vision for future mobility. Advanced autonomous IONIQ models will operate on the surrounding roads, while at the Hyundai Motor booth immersive virtual reality will capture the company’s future vision for visitors.

Autonomous IONIQ models will navigate a series of test routes in the boulevards around CES, using the very latest LiDAR technology (a laser and radar-based detection system) to identify the precise position of surrounding vehicles and objects to navigate the urban landscape safely. At the Hyundai Motor CES booth, Virtual Reality (VR) simulators provide visitors with an immersive experience demonstrating how autonomous driving will bring greater convenience and safety to Hyundai customers.

Moving forward with the use of LiDAR technology, Hyundai Motor has hidden the hardware behind the autonomous IONIQ’s front bumper rather than using the typical roof-mounted approach, retaining the new car’s sleek design. The car’s advanced self-driving systems are kept as simple as possible by integrating existing functions from the production model, including the Smart Cruise Control system’s forward-facing radar and Lane Keeping Assist cameras.

The system also uses a GPS antenna to search for a location of each vehicle and high-definition mapping software delivers pinpoint accuracy for location, road gradient and curvature, plus lane width and indication data. In addition, a Blind Spot Detection radar ensures that even simple lane changes are executed safely.

Hyundai Motor’s latest technology allows the cars to navigate the most challenging situations safely, including high levels of pedestrian traffic, stop lights and signs, road construction and road blocks, speed bumps, dogs, small children and even intersections without traffic signals. Through extensive testing in urban environments Hyundai Motor is continuing to develop and refine its self-driving technologies with the goal of using less computing power, resulting in a low-cost platform that the typical consumer can afford.

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Hyundai Motor reveals future vision for connected cars

Hyundai Motor has unveiled its plans for advanced connected car technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

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  • Innovations combine intelligent automotive and IT technologies to bring mobility and life together for customers
  • Hyundai Motor collaborates with leading IT company Cisco to develop an advanced connected car platform

Hyundai Motor has unveiled its plans for advanced connected car technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The interactive experience featured at the Hyundai Motor booth demonstrates how the ‘hyper-connected car’ will be central to buying greater convenience, comfort and enjoyment to tomorrow’s lifestyles.

With an objective to create hyper-connected intelligent cars that boast the safest and most advanced self-driving systems on the market, Hyundai Motor is collaborating with Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT and security technology. The joint program will create a platform optimised for connected cars, which will help enable two-way communication both internally between the car’s system and externally with road infrastructure, other vehicles, internet of Things (loT) devices, and the cloud.

”At this year’s CES, Hyundai Motor will introduce the direction of development with Cisco and we hope that visitors fully understand what Hyundai Motor and Cisco envision for the future of connected cars,” said Seung Ho Hwang, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor Company. “We are convinced that further synergies will be created as we combine Hyundai Motor’s connected car platforms with Cisco’s network technology”, he added.

“When you think about how much time we spend in our cars, it’s exciting to consider what can happen when your car truly becomes intelligent,” said James Peters, VP, Automotive and Connected Car Business Unit, Cisco. “It takes sophisticated networking and integration down to the sensor – and security across the network level to make a hyper-connected car. By combining Hyundai’s leadership in automotive technology with Cisco’s strength in networking and security, we are accelerating the pace of innovation in this exciting space.”

At CES Hyundai Motor presents four key connected car scenarios that will define the experience for its customers:

  • Fully Autonomous Driving – guarantees the highest levels of driving safety by monitoring traffic conditions, infrastructure information and data from other vehicles
  • Smart Traffic – delivers convenience through optimised route guidance based on real-time traffic information, which can reduce congestion and minimise associated social costs that delays can bring
  • Intelligent Remote Service – monitors the car’s condition to identify and resolve issues remotely
  • ‘Mobility Hub’ – is the heart of the connected car, which provides assistance and infinite amounts of knowledge to connect customers with every aspect of their daily lives

The connected car platform will evolve to link cars to everything, including homes, offices and even city infrastructure. Through its work with Cisco, Hyundai Motor will aim to have its connected car infrastructure adapt to new innovations in safety, comfort and convenience while encompassing advanced security technologies to aim to reduce hacking vehicle operating systems.

The Hyundai Motor booth at CES presents an interactive experience for visitors by demonstrating all the elements of its future vision for the connected car. A working connected car concept and an immersive virtual reality autonomous driving simulation will demonstrate how Hyundai Motor’s connected platform operates, alongside a suite of interactive demonstrations that showcase its vision for future mobility.

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Hyundai’s Vision for Future Mobility at CES

Hyundai Motor to Showcase Vision for Future Mobility at 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

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Hyundai Motor to Showcase Vision for Future Mobility at 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

  • Autonomous IONIQ concepts to demonstrate self-driving technology as part of advanced urban trials in Las Vegas
  • Hyundai Motor presents hyper-connected car platform to seamlessly link mobility with the home and workplace
  • Hyundai Motor’s vision for future mobility includes wearable robots, micro-mobility solutions and interactive, health-conscious technology

28 December 2016 – Hyundai Motor will showcase its vision for future mobility at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, from 5 to 8 January, 2017. The Hyundai Motor booth is set to host a range of innovative technologies that focus on intelligent autonomous driving and advanced, hyper-connectivity solutions that will link cars to customer’s lives.

Autonomous IONIQ models will operate on test routes in the boulevards around CES, while inside visitors can experience a driverless journey via immersive Virtual Reality simulators. The IONIQ Hybrid on display will reveal enhancements to further its reputation as one of the world’s most fuel-efficient cars, and a new Micro Mobility concept, integrated with the IONIQ Electric, will showcase the future of first- and last-mile mobility.

Hyundai Motor will also present an interactive experience to demonstrate how its hyper-connected car platform, developed with leading global IT company Cisco, will be central to making tomorrow’s lifestyles even more convenient. Hyundai Motor’s caring ‘Mobility Vision’ concept shows how Smart House and Connected Car technologies will blur the lines between mobility, and living and working spaces.

Other technologies at the Show booth represent Hyundai Motor’s focus on the wellbeing of its customers. The Healthcare Cockpit connects car and driver to boost productivity or relaxation when traveling. Meanwhile, the company’s range of advanced wearable exoskeletons demonstrates Hyundai’s commitment to social responsibility, offering a new freedom of mobility to customers who require physical support for lifting or repetitive work, plus assisting members of society whose mobility is restricted.

Hyundai Motor’s CES 2017 press conference takes place on 4 January, 15:00 (PST).

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