HYUNDAI INTRODUCES RHYS MILLEN RED BULL RALLYCROSS TEAM, STARRING VELOSTER, AT THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW
Drivers Rhys Millen and Robbie Maddison Race New Veloster Rally Cars at X Games During the 2011 U.S. Rallycross Championship Series
CHICAGO, Feb. 9, 2011 -- With the next generation of Hyundai buyers eagerly awaiting the upcoming launch of the 2012 Veloster, Hyundai fuels the excitement by teaming with Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) and Red Bull to campaign the car in the high-energy sport of rallycross.
At the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai Motor America adds the Veloster coupe to its motorsports program with the help of champion race car driver Rhys Millen, who fabricated and will race the first 500-horsepower AWD Veloster rally car in the 2011 U.S. Rallycross Championship. RMR and Hyundai are constructing a second Veloster rally car that will be a shared ride between rally champion Marcus Dodd and world record freestyle motorbike rider Robbie Maddison. Millen and Maddison will drive the Veloster rally cars at Summer X Games. A third Veloster rally car will be constructed to compete in the 2WD class in limited number of U.S. Rallycross Championship events and will be piloted by to-be-announced celebrity drivers.
2011 U.S. Rallycross Championship schedule (schedule is subject to change)
• Rd. 1 March 26-27 Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, Calif.
• Rd. 2 April 16-17 TBA, West Coast Venue
• Rd. 3 June 18-19 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Pueblo, Colo.
• X Games 17 July 26-31 Los Angeles, Calif.
• Rd. 4 Oct. TBD Road Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.
• Rd. 5 Oct. 29-30 N.J. Motorsport Park, Millville, N.J.
"We feel the Veloster is a perfect fit for X Games and the U.S. Rallycross Championship series as we expand our motorsports efforts," said Mike O'Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "The all-new 2012 Veloster is a playful, fun to drive car and thanks to Rhys and his team we're excited to introduce it to racing fans ahead of its launch this summer. I teamed up with Rhys' father, Rod, nearly twenty years ago for Hyundai's original Pikes Peak rally program, so it is great to be back in the sport again with his son inspiring a new generation."
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Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Raptor Race Track Day - CarAdvice
http://www.caradvice.com.au/300159/?yt_desc - Read the full review here.
What if Hyundai made the Veloster SR turbo more hardcore, gave it extra power, better
handling and produced a more rewarding driver’s car?
Hyundai Australia has decided to find out with a couple of modified race
concepts, and invited CarAdvice.com.au along to see what they've been up
Ever heard of the Hyundai Veloster-Raptor? How about the Hyundai Veloster
Race Concept? Neither had we, until we received a sneak-peek invitation to
track test these specially tuned Velosters at a secret test track north of
Ever since South Korean car giant Hyundai launched the funky Veloster in
2011 (the turbo in 2012), I’ve been a
fan of the distinctive hatch with its unusual, asymmetrical door
configuration, featuring one large door on the driver’s side and two
doors on the passenger side.
But the Velocter SR turbo has always
been more than clever styling; it’s also quick, good to drive, practical
and loaded with kit. A price tag that dips below $32,000 adds another
reason to like it.
But with its diminutive 1.6-litre turbo
petrol engine developing just 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque, it’s
one hatch we’ve always considered more warm than hot.
Rivals such as the popular Volkswagen Golf GTI ($41,490) and razor-sharp
Renault Megane RS265 ($42,640) are considerably more powerful with their
larger 2.0-litre engines generating 162kW/350Nm and 195kW/360Nm
But what if Hyundai made the Veloster SR turbo more hardcore, gave it extra power, better
handling and produced a more rewarding driver’s car? Apparently the
engineering team at Hyundai Australia decided to answer these questions
with both the Veloster-Raptor and the Veloster Race Concept.
Both cars have been extensively modified to investigate the performance
potential of the standard Veloster SR turbo with a view to creating another more potent
version for the road. The Raptor has a retuned ECU, Boosting power by 30 per cent to about 195kW,
while torque is up 20 per cent to 318Nm using stock internals.
Putting this extra grunt to the road is a six-speed manual teamed with a
Quaife limited-slip differential. High-performance dampers (Mando RS Valve)
and progressive rate King Springs sharpen up the handling, while the
19-inch wheels wrapped in wider 225/40 (up from 215s) Pirelli P-Zero tyres
add some grip that’s lacking from the standard Hankooks.
Performance brake pads, as well as a cat-back Exhaust system round out the major changes for
what promises to be a significantly more involving Veloster than what is
currently on offer.
Whereas all the upgrades made on the Veloster-Raptor can be approved for
road use, according to Hyundai the stripped-out track version gets a
complete inventory of race-ready mods and a kerb weight of just 1200
The Quaife makes way for a Cuscu LSD, and the brakes are further improved
with Alcon four-pot callipers up front and two-pots at the rear. Four-way
adjustable suspension and a full CAMS/FIA-approved roll cage make it
race-ready for all tarmac rally competitions.
Thankfully, Hyundai brought along a standard Veloster SR turbo that we’ll use to both get to know the
track – and to put both these concepts into proper perspective.
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