In the absence of Volkswagen, the spotlight falls on the 2016 runner-up to provide a manufacturers’ benchmark. And the Korean firm is definitely up for the task this season – especially with such a capable driver line-up. Michel Nandan’s team has evolved brilliantly since it arrived in the championship three years ago and building three new World Rally Cars (not to mention an R5 car) in as many years hasn’t fazed the fledgling squad in the slightest. Hyundai’s new car comes with the most carry over of all the 2017 machinery – and, with the pace of last year’s car, that might
be no bad thing.