Hyundai is set to join WEC in 2026, WRC future is unclear

Hyundai Motorsport is set to enter World Endurance Championship from the beginning of 2026 where will be the final year of the current Rally1 regulations in World Rally Championship.

The Korean car brand is currently developing an LMDh hybrid prototype for a programme at GTP class of IMSA SportsCar Championship, but the most important is that Hyundai is looking to join the Hypercar class of FIA World Endurance Championship and to race at LeMans 24h within the upcoming three years. Furthermore, it is said that an LMDh car has been developed in Germany and could be running from 2026 onwards where World Rally Championship will run the Rally1 cars for a final time. Last but not least, it must be mentioned that Hyundai had pressured FIA to clarify the next WRC regulations and had not had the intention to develop a new car for 2025 before the World Motor Council was held earlier this month which hints that the Alzenau-based team forced FIA in various ways to continue with the current Rally1 regulations until the end of 2026.

"There will be announcement in due course by the relevant person", Cyril Abiteboul said.

"I haven't said that specifically we have some things to announce. 

"The first thing that we will announce, but we want to do it in the proper way is our plan in WRC".


Photo Credits: Hyundai

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