Thierry Neuville says he is excited about the challenge that lies ahead after the official launch of the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team.

The Belgian driver, who finished second in the standings this season, will spearhead Hyundai's assault on the World Rally Championship next year with the new i20 WRC after making the switch from M-Sport.

Neuville is set to contest every event on the calendar, with Juho Hanninen, Dani Sordo and Chris Atkinson all set to contest selected rallies over the course of the year.

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"I am really excited at the prospect of helping Hyundai Motorsport to integrate itself into the tough WRC environment," Neuville said. "It is an honour to be representing a manufacturer like Hyundai Motor Company but also to have the extra responsibility of leading the team in our first season.

"I am looking forward to Monte Carlo. I can already feel the professionalism, motivation and passion of this team so although it will be a steep learning curve, I am sure it will be a positive one."

While a repeat of Neuville's runner-up performance this season may be unrealistic given the fact that the new car will be making its competitive debut this season, team boss Michel Nandan insisted that the Korean manufacturer was focused on turning the i20 into a car capable of pushing for victories.

"We have worked tremendously hard to get where we are today and to be able to launch our new WRC team to the world," he said. "In less than one year, we have built and tested a brand new WRC-specification car, the Hyundai i20 WRC, and established a professional team and modern motorsport facility. It's a huge accomplishment but we know that we have a lot to learn in our first season.

"Our aims for 2014 are realistic: we want to finish each rally with both cars and build up a database of information and experience so we can develop ourselves into prospective rally winners in the future. If all goes well, we will hope to be competing for occasional podiums as the year progresses."