Working with the Car

Changing the terrain in the World Rally Championship

As the co-title sponsor of the Hyundai Shell-Mobis World Rally team, Shell has supported Hyundai Motorsport with their lubricant requirements since they joined the WRC in 2014.

Our partnership with Hyundai

Having been partners with Hyundai since 2005, our ambition was to progress this association into the elite level of global rallying. Fast forward to 2014 - when our technical partnership was taken to another level and we started to co-engineer a winning edge to Hyundai Motorsport.

With drivers battling against extreme temperatures that can plunge to near -30oC and rise as high as 30oC, as well as high altitudes and challenging road surface, the FIA World Rally Championship calendar ensures that Shell’s engineers are tasked with delivering elite lubricant performance.

Armed with Shell Helix Ultra race lubricants, the Hyundai Shell-Mobis World Rally Team are able to push their cars beyond the limits with an extra 1.5 additional horsepower and when this is combined with Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology- our drivers can compete around the world. With these demanding conditions requiring the best possible products, we recognise that our customers deserve the same quality, meaning that your cars can also perform at their best, whatever the weather, or the terrain.

Meet the team

Thierry & Nicolas

Meet the team Thierry and Nicolas

Thierry & Nicolas

Thierry Neuville first came under the spotlight in world rally after he secured a first career win in 2008 at the RACB Rally Content, a Belgian competition to find the next best young rally driver. His career continued in this vein of success when in 2010 he claimed his first class win in his rookie season at the Junior World Rally Championship.
Destined for rally’s biggest stage, Thierry was snapped up as driver in the FIA World Championship in 2012. He later came on board for the debut season of the new Hyundai Shell World Rally Team in 2014, scoring the team’s maiden victory that year at Rally Deutschland ahead of teammate, Dani Sordo. Alongside co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, Thierry finished runner-up in the World Rally Driver’s Championship in 2018 for the third consecutive time and fourth time overall.

Nicolas Gilsoul first began competing in regional driving events in 2000 and has since been enamoured by the world of rally. He made his international debut in 2004 and later entered the World Rally Championship in 2007. The Belgian currently acts as Thierry Neuville’s co-driver for the Hyundai Motorsport Team, a position he has held since 2011.
Nicolas helped secure Hyundai Motorsport’s first ever World Rally Championship victory at Rally Deutschland in 2014. He also finished second in the World Rally Championship in 2018 alongside Neuville.

Dani & Carlos

Meet the team Dani and Carlos

Dani & Carlos

Dani’s first experience of motorsport came on two wheels racing in motocross when he was just 12 years old. After briefly experimenting in motorbikes, Dani Sordo decided to trade in two wheels for four and landed in the exciting world of rally. Born in Torrelavegga, Spain, Dani’s first break into the World Rally Championship came in 2003 competing in the Rally Catalunya. His maiden win came 10 years later at Rally Deutschland before he then joined the Hyundai Motorsport team. His co-driver is fellow Spaniard Carlos del Barrio.
Dani is now recognised as one of the more experienced and consistent members on the rally circuit, having entered over 150 rallies in total securing upwards 40 podium finishes in his career to date.

Carlos del Barrio has extensive rallying experience, first entering the sport in 1987 but it was 1994 when he took his maiden steps into the WRC. After much success, Carlos joined forces with young compatriot Dani Sordo in 2004.
After a break, the pair returned to share a car in 2011 for a longer WRC program which results in three podiums and victory at the 2013 Rallye Deutschland. The duo are back together for a fourth time in 2019 and will participate in selected events in the WRC.

Sebastien & Daniel

Meet the team Sebastien and Daniel

Sebastien & Daniel

One of the most successful drivers in the history of WRC, Sébastien Loeb has won nine world rally championship titles in an illustrious career. Originally a gymnast in his youth, Loeb switched his interests to motorsport in the mid-nineties and would go on to dominate the sport. His first WRC victory came in Germany in 2002 and his extraordinary run of championship titles began in 2004. Loeb initially retired from WRC in 2013 but sensationally returned in 2018. The legendary driver joined the Hyundai Motorsport team in 2019 for a six-rally campaign.

Daniel Elena is the most successful co-driver in WRC history, thanks to his 79 victories alongside Sébastien Loeb. Daniel became a co-driver in 1997 and quickly formed a partnership with Sebastien. The two shared early success and quickly moved up to WRC class. 2002 would mark the beginning of one of the most successful periods in the history of the sport, they secured their first win in Germany and narrowly missed out on the title by a single point the following year. 2004 saw the beginning of an incredible run of nine consecutive titles. Daniel returned to WRC in 2019 along with Sebastian for six events competing for Hyundai Motorsport.

Andreas & Anders

Meet the team Sheldon van der Linde

Andreas & Anders

After a successful childhood competing in skiing events, Andreas Mikkelsen switched to the world of rallying at the age of 16 following injury. The Norwegian became the youngest driver to score a WRC championship point aged 17 and continued to impress, taking the Intercontinental Rally Challenge titles in both 2011 and 2012.
A step up to the WRC followed and Andreas claimed his maiden victory in the championship on Rally Catalunya in 2015. He joined the Hyundai Motorsport team for three events in 2017 and competed across a full season in 2018 finishing 6th in the championship.

Anders Jæger-Synnevaag was a relative latecomer to co-driving, starting his career in the 2014 Norwegian Rally Championship. However, he quickly showed his skill and was soon taking part in Junior WRC and European Rally Championship events. He joined his long-time friend Andreas in a WRC car in 2016 and success immediately followed. After taking part in the final three events of the 2017 season with Hyundai Motorsport, Anders partnered Andreas for a full WRC campaign in 2018 finishing 6th in the championship. 

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