500-HP Hyundai Veloster Rally Car Bows at 2011 Chicago Auto Show

2011 Chicago Auto Show


  • Hyundai Veloster Rally Car Picture

    Hyundai Veloster Rally Car Picture

    Hyundai has added the Veloster to its motorsports program with the help of Rhys Millen Racing. | February 08, 2011

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2011 Chicago Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Hyundai is readying a stable of Veloster rally cars. The first, a 500-horsepower AWD Veloster done in collaboration with champion racecar driver Rhys Millen, debuted at the Chicago auto show.
  • Rhys Millen Racing and Hyundai are building a second Veloster rally car that will be a shared ride between rally champ Marcus Dodd and world record freestyle motorbike rider Robbie Maddison.
  • A third Veloster rally car will be piloted by celebrity drivers, said the automaker.

CHICAGO — Hyundai is readying a stable of Veloster rally cars. The first, a 500-horsepower AWD Veloster done in collaboration with champion racecar driver Rhys Millen, debuted on Wednesday at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show.

"We hope some of the performance learnings from the Veloster rallycross program have a role in the development of future Veloster models," said Millen in a statement.

Millen will race the 500-hp Veloster in blue, white and orange livery in the 2011 U.S. Rallycross. Rhys Millen Racing and Hyundai are building 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 the Summer X Games. A third Veloster rally car will be constructed to compete in the 2WD class in a limited number of U.S. Rallycross Championship events and will be piloted by to-be-announced celebrity drivers, said Hyundai in a statement.

The vehicle on display at the Chicago auto show bears little resemblance to the production 2012 Hyundai Veloster. A production version was stripped to bare metal. The hood, doors, quarter panels, front fascia and rear fascia are built of carbon/kevlar, resulting in a curb weight of 2,656 pounds. The rally car gets a custom Rhys Millen Racing rear wing.

The cabin is stripped of all conventional features. It gets an eight-point safety cage and a Sparco racing seat.

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the Veloster is enhanced with an HKS ball-bearing turbocharger. The engine is mated to an X-Trac six-speed transmission. Rounding out the package are 18-inch HRE wheels and Hankook Racing tires.

Edmunds.com says: Hyundai and RMR continue their rally relationship with the new Veloster. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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