Hyundai has always been on the ball, but with the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa just about to kick-off, the ball is on the Hyundai!
To mark the sporting spectacle - of which Hyundai is the official car supplier - Hyundai has commissioned two very special Hyundai i10s to be built.
The two cars are both covered in artificial turf and have lines which any groundsman would be proud. The centre circle on the roof is home to a 1.5 metre tall football and the driver peers through the goal posts on the bonnet.
While the outsides look identical, the interiors have two unique looks. One car has a 'grass' look to match the exterior, while the other has a football theme inside, right down to having balls as headrests.
The Hyundai i10 football cars will be used for promotional World Cup activity at various events up and down the country.
When deciding who to commission to undertake the conversion from city car to football pitch on wheels, there was only one man who sprung to mind: Andy Saunders.
Bournemouth-based Andy is an ingenious automotive artist and has been a major creative force in the British custom scene for many years. He also has previous experience with Hyundai, creating a Hyundai i10-based ice cream van and a Hyundai i30 with a hinge in the middle for the London Motor Show.
These two Hyundai i10s also had a share of the limelight in the past. They were given to Jeremy Clarkson to appear in his DVD 'Duel' and ended up a little damaged. Rather than repair the crumpled panels and sell them on to a buyer who may not appreciate buying a car driven by the Stig, Hyundai decided to cover the dents with artificial grass and give them a second shot at fame.
The Hyundai i10s will be touring the country before and during the World Cup, visiting dealers and events across the UK.Published 25 May 2010