Hyundai and Rhys Millen Racing have unveiled an all-new Hyundai Veloster rally car. The car, along with Rhys Millen and Robbie Maddison, will be competing in X Games 2011.
The car was built on the same platform as the original Hyundai Veloster road car although it uses carbon/Kevlar panels which are around 75 percent lighter than the standard metal ones. Even so, the car’s total mass tips the scales at 1205kg – around 30kg heavier than the road car.
The RMR Hyundai Veloster does feature a 373kW turbocharged four-cylinder engine though, so the weight is more than compensated for. This power is channeled through to all four wheels via an Xtrac all-wheel drive system and front and rear differentials.
Inside, the interior is completely stripped out to make way for a comprehensive eight-point roll cage system and race car cockpit comprising Sparco racing seats, carbon fibre dash and an LCD instrument panel.
Hyundai Motor America vice president product and corporate planning, Mike O’Brien, said at the launch of the vehicle,
“We feel the Veloster is a perfect fit for X Games and the US Rallycross Championship series as we expand our motorsports efforts. 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.”
Rhys Millen Racing and Hyundai will be constructing two other Veloster rally cars, another one identical to this specification to also compete in the X Games 2011, and a two-wheel drive version which will compete in a limited number of US Rallycross Championship events, driven by various celebrities.