Hyundai Motorsport has opened the doors to the new base in Alzenau that will be the home for its World Rally Championship programme.

Representatives from Hyundai were joined by a number of guests for the official opening of the new 8.200m? building, which has been built within a 50km radius of the Hyundai European Technical and Design Centre at Russelsheim and Hyundai Motor Europe in Offenbach.

Hyundai is also set to open a vehicle test centre at the Nurburgring later this year.

"I'm very proud to officially open Hyundai's new home of motorsport," Hyundai Motorsport President Gyoo-Heon Choi said. "Hyundai Motorsport acts as a performance engineering platform for the global business as well as a brand platform, helping to raise expectations and perceptions of the brand in a relevant and exciting way."

Hyundai has already started test and development work on the new i20 WRC ahead of its debut in Monte Carlo next year, with the opening of the new factory being the latest step forward in preparations for next year.

"Today marks another important step forward in our thrilling task of developing a motorsport team from scratch as we inaugurate our headquarters," team principal Michel Nandan said. "We have a challenge ahead of us and we have the perfect facility here to prepare for it."