Hot on the heels of the Veloster’s Detroit debut last month, Hyundai teased us with a single airborne photo of the Veloster, wrapped in rally livery. And now they’ve unveiled the real thing, at the Chicago International Auto Show. It was developed by Rhys Millen, who smashed the Pikes Peak record last year in a Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and Rod Millen who originally partnered with Hyundai for their Pikes Peak program 20 years ago. The new Veloster rally car is slated to compete in the US Rallycross series, and the Summer X-Games this year.
Rhys Millen Racing stripped a factory-fresh Veloster down and rebuilt the car from scratch. They started by reinforcing all of the welding, replacing the metal body panels with Kevlar\carbon composite panels, fitting an 8-point roll-cage, and Sparco seats. The suspension was outfitted with a custom long travel setup, with HRE wheels Hancook tires, and 14″ front \ 12″ rear Alcon brake discs squeezed by 6-piston calipers.
Now the best part is under the hood: Rhys Millen Racing bolted an HKS ball-bearing turbo to Hyundai’s 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, producing 500 horsepower, and 600 lb-ft of torque! All that power is being routed through an X-trac six-speed sequential gearbox and then out to all four wheels. And the icing on the cake is this preview video Hyundai released: