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Hyundai Motorsport Remade The GTA VI Trailer And It’s Actually Pretty Fun

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Everyone is pretty hyped right now about the upcoming entry of Rockstar Games’ cash cow, Grand Theft Auto VI. Sure, we don’t cover transportation-related video games much here (should we?) but I’m stoked. No offense to the crew at Rockstar Games and Rockstar North, but I’ve gotten a bit bored with playing around with Grand Theft Auto V‘s North Yankton and San Andreas maps for more than a decade. The developers know, too, because, on December 4, Rockstar Games delivered an early holiday present with the release of the first GTA VI trailer. We’re headed back to a fictionalized Florida with Vice City, baby! The hype train about the return of Vice City has been non-stop and even Hyundai Motorsport wants to cash in on it with a fun trailer of its own.

I won’t delay you any further, check out this video! For those of you who hate counting in Roman numerals, that title is Grand Test Auto 24, and the video is a celebration of how far the team has come.

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Hyundai Motorsport GmbH, which was established in Germany in 2012, is the motorsports arm of the South Korean automaker. The firm’s activities are centered on supporting the Hyundai World Rally Team, which competes in the World Rally Championship. The division also supports the racing efforts of customers.

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There’s a chance you may not have even known that Hyundai has its own motorsport division, but Hyundai has been in and out of racing for at least 20 years. The team seems to do pretty well for itself. In 2023, Hyundai Motorsport said it took two wins, fifteen podiums, and four double podium finishes in WRC. It also scored what it says is its third-largest total of points in WRC since it joined the series. Hyundai Motorsport entered WRC in 2014 and since then, the factory team has won two titles and accumulated 27 wins. You’ll also find Hyundai Motorsport in electric competition, including FIA ETCR.

Hyundai Motorsport’s TCR Touring Car customers also had a good year, racking up 10 titles, 45 wins, 112 podiums, and 35 pole positions. Customers with i20 R5 and i20 N Rally2 racers scored 10 titles, 96 wins, more than 270 podiums, and more than 900 stage wins.

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Not bad, Hyundai Motorsport, not bad! The video above includes some of Hyundai Motorsport’s star talent, including Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville. They got a giggle out of me for pretending to be robbers, complete with impacts. Hyundai provides a profile for both racers:

Ott has solidified his place as one of world rallying’s superstar talents. He made his WRC debut at Wales Rally GB in 2011, before moving into a full season campaign the following year. He was quick to show his potential, scoring a debut podium in the penultimate round of the year in Sardinia. Following a few years out of the WRC category, he returned in 2015. 2017 was his breakthrough season in the sport, as he claimed a debut victory in Sardinia, and followed that up with a win in Germany. Moving teams in 2018, Ott was a man transformed and established himself as one of the leading contenders in WRC. He was crowned WRC Drivers’ Champion in 2019 with five victories. His first season at Hyundai was a successful one, claiming victory at his home event, Rally Estonia, as well as picking up podiums at three other events on the condensed 2020 calendar. Ott went on to take four more podiums in 2021 and a further eight in the 2022 season, including three victories.

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Thierry is a true petrol head; he loves being behind the wheel. His success at junior levels enabled him to step up to WRC in 2009. After finishing second in the 2013 standings, his performance caught the eye of our fledgling team, and we signed him for our inaugural season.

He scored our team’s first podium in Mexico 2014, and a memorable 1-2 (ahead of Dani) in Rallye Deutschland – our debut victory. Thierry has since emerged a regular title contender, always at the forefront of the action. He finished as championship runner-up on four consecutive occasions from 2016-2019 and helped us win our first manufacturers’ titles in 2019 and 2020. Thierry also spearheaded our ultimate podium lock-out at Acropolis Rally in 2022. 2023 marks Thierry’s 10th season with the team; his victories and podium finishes, as well as his expert feedback and innate talent, have contributed hugely to our success. Hailing from St. Vith in the Ardennes forest, Thierry can speak several languages fluently.

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As is common with racing teams, Hyundai Motorsport has its own social media. The folks of Hyundai Motorsport have a decent fanbase with 430,000 followers on Instagram. Sure, that’s short of the 1.3 million followers that Mercedes-AMG Motorsport has, but still, it’s not bad.

Hyundai Motorsport found a clever way to get people hyped with that video. As of writing, Grand Test Auto XXIV has 551,563 views, a huge jump over a playlist where some videos don’t even crest 600 views. Admittedly, I thought it was going to be something lame piggybacking off of the insane popularity of Grand Theft Auto. However, it just seems like a fun video with Hyundai Motorsport’s people just having some fun set to a backdrop of rally action. I dig it!

Here’s what the original GTA VI trailer looks like, if you’re curious:

I don’t think I can mention GTA VI without giving you any more information, so you should know there’s still a long wait. Rockstar plans on releasing the game in 2025. Until then, you’ll just have to keep on enjoying GTA-related media. It certainly looks like the team at Hyundai Motorsport is. Here’s to another good year of racing!

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(Images: Hyundai Motorsport.)

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67 Oldsmobile
67 Oldsmobile
1 month ago

This was a cool video,good to see them have some fun also. Can’t wait for rally season to start..

Chronometric
Chronometric
1 month ago

Instead of impact wrenches the drivers should be carrying USB sticks.

rctothefuture
rctothefuture
1 month ago

Best GTA trailer parody yet!

Kind of expected the drivers to be in each other’s laps for the “trust? trust.” scene.

9/10.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 month ago

Slightly related, Rockstar’s choice of songs for their Vice City trailers has always been the absolute best. Tom Petty is an inspired choice here, and if you like it, check out youtube for the original (Flock of Seagulls) and then the 10th anniversary (Laura Brannigan) iterations. The graphics may be dated, but the tunes are perfect.

AssMatt
AssMatt
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

I’m always delighted to hear one of the approximately six hundred TP&theHB songs NOT on the Greatest Hits album!

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 month ago
Reply to  AssMatt

Yeah, I was quite pleased it wasn’t the way obvious Running Down a Dream.

rctothefuture
rctothefuture
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

I still laugh at Rockstar using Eddie Murphy’s “Party All the Time” for their Casino Heist trailer. Like who thought of that choice and who was forced to make it work?

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 month ago
Reply to  rctothefuture

I’ll admit it, I liked the use of Def Leppard in one of them – cheesy over the top music for a cheesy over the top game.

Josh Jones
Josh Jones
1 month ago

we don’t cover transportation-related video games much here (should we?)

Heck yeah you should! I’ve been building out a sim rig lately, and while there’s a lot of different communities out there for sim racing, the ones I’ve found so far seem to have some pretty elitist undertones (though some are more just tones than undertones) and seem to look down on the folks who don’t play the “most realistic” games or along similar lines. Admittedly, the Trucking and Farming side of sim transportation isn’t something I’m interested in, and may be much better in that respect.

I’ve found some good youtube channels that seem to be relatively inclusive on the sim racing side of things, but they’re mostly focused more on the gear involved, which is something that I might enjoy, but my wallet certainly doesn’t. 🙂

I do think that if you start expanding to cover more diverse topics, though, you may want to consider an option to have separate RSS/homescreen feeds for each major type of topic. That way if someone is uninterested in video games, they could just not follow that feed. Or, if for instance, someone doesn’t particularly care about cars, motorcycles, or video games, but is SUPER into airplanes, they could follow a feed that would give them all the great aerospace topics.

DrFunk
DrFunk
1 month ago

Y’all should definitely cover transportation-related video games. You’re already halfway there with Torch’s obsession with Apple/Atari computers

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
1 month ago

Well, Hyundai are certainly the experts at grand theft auto

Myk El
Myk El
1 month ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

When I heard about it my first thought was that it will in no way further the association between Hyundai and car theft….

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