• Jul 19th 2006 at 4:28PM
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With this year's 12th edition of the X Games adding rallying to the competition for the first time, multiple U.S. ProRally champion Hyundai Motor has announced its support of Paul Choiniere and co-driver Jeff Becker in the nine-stage event.

Choiniere and Becker will pilot their Hyundai Tiburon against 11 other teams, including WRC ace Colin McRae and Subaru rally pilot (and X Games motocross legend) Travis Pastrana.

The event includes eight road stages in the Los Angeles area, and a ninth Super Special stage at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Choiniere and Becker's Tiburon has been fitted with AWD and is driven by a 298-hp, turbocharged Hyundai Beta engine. Hyundai's rally cars are prepped by Libra International Racing, owned and operated by rally legend John Buffum.

The X Games rally event runs from August 2 through August 5, and will be televised in the U.S. by ABC and ESPN, with the Super Special broadcast live.

[Source: Hyundai]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I hope this sparks interest in WRC here in the states! Then hopefully SPEED TV will carry it again.

      But I'm sure SPPED will create another needless NASCAR talk show instead.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oh my gosh, this means I can finally watch rally racing!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is great news - Paul & Jeff are great drivers and great guys all around. I used to love going out with them to the Rally events back in my days with Hyundai. Go Hyundai!!!

      • 9 Years Ago
      Lucas, Hyundai Accent WRC has 300hp.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Gotta love Hyundai. First, their WRC effort was pretty much a full-custom awd car stuffed (barely) into a Hyundai Accent shell (homologation be damned). Second, they ended up tossing out their WRC program after not doing particularly well in the standings, this after pulling out of supporting its SCCA ProRally team altogether.

      The following years, Hyundai ends up completely redesigning its cushy sedan lines and subsequently becoming media darlings in the process. The Hyundai Sonata becomes a surprise hit and they announce their plans to compete with the top three world automakers.

      In short, Hyundai obviously learned what Audi and Toyota did in the eighties - rally competition doesn't sell cars!
      • 9 Years Ago
      i agree with you guys. hyundai needs an awd 300bhp rally monster, then maybe nissan would have an interesting car. The thought of rally racing becoming accepted in the US is promising... maybe itll get accepted like Drifting did. i guess heres the basis for a new fast and furious movie ---> Fast and the Furious: SLOW DOWN WERE ON DIRT GOING 100mph SIDEWAYS!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Now if only Hyundai could bring us an AWD 298-hp street version of the Tiburon :D
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