Hyundai Motorsport has appointed renowned Italian motorsport specialist Nino Frison as its new technical director with immediate effect.
Frison will be based at Hyundai Motorsport's factory in Alzenau, from where he will head up the various engineering departments - chassis, engine and design - report to team principal Michel Nandan and be responsible for the continuous development of the Hyundai i20 WRC car.
Frison has a wealth of experience dating back over 30 years, during which he has become one of the most trusted technical and management advisors in international motorsport. His experience covers all forms of racing from single-seaters, including numerous leading roles within F1 teams, to the pinnacle of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Since Hyundai Motorsport's inception in December 2012, the position of technical director has been vacant, with those responsibilities assumed by team principal Nandan. As the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team continues to develop in its debut WRC season, the appointment of Frison in the technical director position will allow Nandan to concentrate on overseeing the entire project.
Hyundai Motorsport has recently inaugurated a new engine dynamometer at its factory in Alzenau in a bid to accelerate its engine development and testing processes.
The dyno will give the team more freedom to conduct ongoing development and analysis of its 1.6-litre turbocharged engine in-house, while simulating the diverse range of conditions that the team will have to face in the competitive WRC environment.
Meanwhile, Hyundai Shell World Rally Team drivers Thierry Neuville and Juho Hänninen will take part in two rounds of the FIA European Rally Championship this summer – but not in their usual roles.
Instead, the Belgian and Finn will be putting their driving duties to one side, as they move from behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC to behind the microphone at Eurosport
Neuville will join the commentary team for his home ERC event, the Ypres Rally, in June, while Hänninen will be a Eurosport
guest at round seven of the ERC in Estonia in July.