Hyundai Coupé Profile

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Hyundai Coupé General Information

Most people won't know it had a name: Tiburon. But a) nobody seems to know what Tiburon means and b) the name was only used in USA. On all other markets it was simply called the Coupé, which seems to show as little fantasy as its cluttered, fragile looking design does. Mind you, its successor, the Veloster, is even much worse, its just full of dents and it is not even symetric, it more looks like an accident!

But I do love the beginnings of this rally project!!

Interestingly this project of the very first Hyundais in rallying started off in Australia. And why not, Australia/NZ seems often forgotten by the Western World, yet it is one of the most beautiful places on planet Earth with one of the biggest and most enthusiastic rally scenes as well, so they deserve it!

Australian Wayne Bell was the driver and preparer of the first official Hyundais. And not many people will recall the first official works Hyundais we ever saw at WRC level were Wayne Bell and Robert Nicoli in Rally NZ 1997! Two Australians in New Zealand, funny and nice debut for the Korean manufacturer, but not really the future for a mainly European based series? However very soon the operation around this Hyundai Coupé was moved to MSD in Britain. This meant a bigger and more professional outfit based in Europe, which also made the logistics for a more regular WRC program easier. This was Wayne Bell's own, unselfish idea. During 1998 Bell kept driving for the team while Kenneth Eriksson was signed to become Hyundai's #1 driver. Which was a very clever and somewhat lucky move, because Eriksson still won 2 WRC events outright in 1997 and he still was a Subaru works driver in Sweden 1998 before he was sacked by Subaru after round2 1998 to absolutely everyone's surprise. So Hyundai asked him and suddenly had an absolute World star in their F2 only line up. In 1999 Alister McRae replaced Wayne Bell in the 2nd Hyundai, and that not even for Wayne was bad. Wayne Bell was getting old but remained enthusiastic as ever about the Hyundai project. Not Hyundai sacked him, it was Wayne Bell himself who helped fellow young Australian Michael Guest into a 3rd works Coupé! OK, maybe you can ask where did Guest as guest driver suddenly come from, but if you open your heart, why did Bell not have a bell himself in that 3rd car?

Such already 1998 was a full season effort by Hyundai to win the F2 title and for 1999 the team even had for sure the strongest driver line up in F2 rallying by far. Despite these efforts the car never seemed to be very convincing. In 1998 Hyundai was far away from winning the F2 title. In 1999 it was close, which doesn't mean much since Renault beat them to the title without even trying! Ironically in Rally Sweden 1999 Hyundai driver Kenneth Eriksson felt like helping young Swedish lady driver Jennie-Lee Hermansson and young (and beautiful!) Jennie-Lee indeed took her all private groupN(!) Clio to score F2 points for Renault while both Hyundai's once again retired. Major irony, without Jennie-Lee's points Renault would not have beaten Hyundai to the F2 title! However this private lady in a groupN car story also shows how little Renault tried to win the F2 title, making Hyundai's title loss with their serious permanent 2-car team the more embarrassing.

And still, this 1999 "success" convinced Hyundai to try a WRCar. In 4 years their WRCar didn't even manage a single podium finish at WRC level. And the results of the Coupé in F2 looked similar to that.

While the Hyundai Coupé story as a works car ended right here with the Accident WRCar project, to have things complete: Andrew Pinker took on two of the works Coupés in the year 2000, good ones even, H6 MSD and H20 MSD, the latter being basicly the newest works Coupé of all. The Pinker team sent these ex-works Coupés into the BRC 2000. Pinker drove one car himself with the other going to Finn Jarmo Kytölehto. And funny Andrew Pinker was yet another Australian. So the Hyundai Coupé F2 story started and finished in Australia, but Andrew Pinker had nothing whatsoever to do with Wayne Bell, no support of Bell, while Pinker's number one driver Jarmo Kytölehto was yet another name of those days with very big future potential. Yet the unsuccessful fate of this F2 car was still the same as ever, not even Kytölehto could stop a Hyundai works kit car losing the BRC title to a guy in a private groupN Mitsubishi.
 

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Hyundai Coupé Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Hyundai Coupé Kit Car Evo1 (97-99) 247/7700 245/7100 4340.1730.1313 1050 (4.3) FWD (2475)
Hyundai Coupé Kit Car Evo2 (98-00) 265/7700 254/7100 4340.1730.1313 995 (3.8) FWD (2475)

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Hyundai Coupé Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
27th. 2000 WRC Rallye de Portugal M. Guest D. Green #35 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
19th. 2000 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Guest D. Green #36 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
18th. 1999 WRC Safari Rally P. Kimathi A. Sidi #24 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1999 WRC Rallye de Portugal A. McRae D. Senior #31 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 1999 WRC Rallye de Portugal K. Eriksson S. Parmander #29 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 1999 WRC Acropolis Rally K. Eriksson S. Parmander #27 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
17th. 1999 WRC Rally New Zealand K. Eriksson S. Parmander #22 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
20th. 1999 WRC Rally New Zealand A. McRae D. Senior #24 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
20th. 1999 WRC Rally of Finland A. McRae D. Senior #26 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1999 WRC China Rally A. McRae D. Senior #26 [UNKNOWN] 4:11:51.7
11th. 1999 WRC China Rally K. Eriksson S. Parmander #24 [UNKNOWN] 4:12:56.1
9th. 1999 WRC Rally Australia (WA) K. Eriksson S. Parmander #30 [UNKNOWN] 4:05:58.4
14th. 1999 WRC Rally Australia (WA) A. McRae D. Senior #32 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
25th. 1999 WRC Rally of Great Britain K. Eriksson S. Parmander #26 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
19th. 1998 WRC Safari Rally G. Kibiti G. Mwangi #40 [UNKNOWN] 16:50:58
24th. 1998 WRC Rallye de Portugal W. Bell I. Stewart #36 [UNKNOWN] 4:57:3.8
19th. 1998 WRC Rallye Catalunya A. McRae D. Senior #29 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
21st. 1998 WRC Rallye Catalunya K. Eriksson S. Parmander #27 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 1998 WRC Tour de Corse A. McRae C. Patterson #21 [UNKNOWN] 4:20:28.8
21st. 1998 WRC Rally New Zealand K. Eriksson S. Parmander #24 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
22nd. 1998 WRC Rally Australia (WA) K. Eriksson S. Parmander #19 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
30th. 1998 WRC Rally Australia (WA) D. Herridge J. Carlton #48 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
24th. 1997 WRC Rally New Zealand R. Nicoli J. Carlton #23 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
17th. 1997 WRC Rally of Indonesia W. Bell I. Stewart #12 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Hyundai Coupé Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 2000 WRC Rallye Catalunya M. Guest D. Green #28 [UNKNOWN] SS5 crash
Ret. 2000 WRC Safari Rally G. Kibiti G. Mwangi #46 [UNKNOWN] SS7 engine
Ret. 1999 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. McRae D. Senior #24 [UNKNOWN] SS11 engine
Ret. 1999 WRC Rallye San Remo K. Eriksson S. Parmander #40 [UNKNOWN] SS5 engine
Ret. 1999 WRC Rallye San Remo A. McRae D. Senior #36 [UNKNOWN] SS7 crash
Ret. 1999 WRC Rally of Finland K. Eriksson S. Parmander #28 [UNKNOWN] SS9 suspension
Ret. 1999 WRC Acropolis Rally A. McRae D. Senior #28 [UNKNOWN] SS8 sump
Ret. 1999 WRC Rallye Catalunya K. Eriksson S. Parmander #21 [UNKNOWN] SS13 fuel pump
Ret. 1999 WRC Rallye Catalunya A. McRae D. Senior #23 [UNKNOWN] SS16 clutch
Ret. 1999 WRC Safari Rally G. Kibiti G. Mwangi #29 [UNKNOWN] SS6 suspension
Ret. 1999 WRC Swedish Rally A. McRae D. Senior #30 [UNKNOWN] SS12 electrics
Ret. 1999 WRC Swedish Rally K. Eriksson S. Parmander #27 [UNKNOWN] SS19 engine
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally of Great Britain K. Eriksson S. Parmander #20 [UNKNOWN] SS16 differential
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally of Great Britain W. Bell I. Stewart #29 [UNKNOWN] SS22 differential
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally Australia (WA) W. Bell I. Stewart #22 [UNKNOWN] SS18 steering
Ret. 1998 WRC Rallye San Remo W. Bell I. Stewart #31 [UNKNOWN] SS2 crash
Ret. 1998 WRC Rallye San Remo K. Eriksson S. Parmander #29 [UNKNOWN] SS13 suspension
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally of Finland K. Eriksson S. Parmander #24 [UNKNOWN] SS7 engine
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally of Finland W. Bell I. Stewart #31 [UNKNOWN] SS21 engine
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally New Zealand W. Bell I. Stewart #31 [UNKNOWN] SS19 crash
Ret. 1998 WRC Acropolis Rally W. Bell I. Stewart #34 [UNKNOWN] SS1 gearbox
Ret. 1998 WRC Acropolis Rally K. Eriksson S. Parmander #26 [UNKNOWN] SS6 electrics
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally Argentina K. Eriksson S. Parmander #12 [UNKNOWN] SS11 engine
Ret. 1998 WRC Rallye de Portugal K. Eriksson S. Parmander #18 [UNKNOWN] SS7 engine
Ret. 1998 WRC Safari Rally P. Kimathi . UNKNOWN #31 [UNKNOWN] SS6 engine
Ret. 1997 WRC Rally Australia (WA) R. Nicoli J. Carlton #38 [UNKNOWN] SS21 crash
Ret. 1997 WRC Rally Australia (WA) W. Bell I. Stewart #18 [UNKNOWN] SS13 crash
Ret. 1997 WRC Rally New Zealand W. Bell I. Stewart #21 [UNKNOWN] SS2 electrics