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Hyundai Genesis Coupe news - Rhys' pieces - 2008
Hyundai has already told us we won’t be getting the Genesis Coupe. And because we’re a good-natured lot, we took it on the chin. But now they’ve gone and kicked sand in our faces – revealing a racing version, at the SEMA show. And no, we won’t be getting this either.
Which is a shame. Prepared by Rhys Millen Racing, it’s properly hardcore. Carbon fibre body, big turbocharger, a full roll cage, sequential gearbox and a full fire extinguisher system – it’s got all of those.
And more… The idea was to create a car versatile enough to run at race events, drift events and even at the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. This is that car. And it’s been built by the right people – Rhys is the son of Rod, who’s a legend on the notorious Colorado mountain.
They’ll have the drift thing covered too – Rhys drives for the Red Bull Drift Team in the States, so he knows a little bit about going sideways. While drinking nasty, caffeine-based chemicals from a can, presumably.
So obviously, it’ll be rear-wheel-drive, and that big turbo will squeeze a load more horsepower from Hyundai’s 2-litre unit. No official performance figures have been released, but we’re guessing at around 300bhp. That’d be nice.
We just wish we could buy one. Sob.