The Korean manufacturer last featured in the series in 2003, three years after it first stepped up to the top level of the sport. Back then, the weapon of choice was the Accent WRC, piloted by the likes of Alister McRae, brother of the late, great Colin. Despite achieving a best overall finish of 4th in the championship, Hyundai were never really able to challenge the big four of Subaru, Ford, Peugeot and Mitsubishi. After pulling out, a planned return in 2006 never materialised and the manufacturer has been in exile ever since.
Hyundai could enter the fray as early as next season, coinciding with VW’s long awaited comeback. The news came on the day that Citroen confirmed its participation in the 2013 championship with a three pronged line up of DS3 WRCs.