2009 RMR Red Bull Hyundai Genesis Coupe
(from Hyundai Press
Release) HYUNDAI LAUNCHES RHYS MILLEN RACING RED BULL DRIFT
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THE CHASSIS BUILD
Six RMR employees have already stripped a Genesis Coupe to bare metal and the chassis has spent five days in an Alkali bath removing all rubber and adhesives. The chassis has also been stitch welded for added structural rigidity.
CARBON FIBER BODY PANELS
Millen quickly decided
to take the already light weight Genesis Coupe and make it even
lighter. His crew will take the molds used to build the “Art of
Speed” SEMA car to once again replicate the Genesis Coupe’s body out
of carbon fiber. The hood, deck lid, roof, doors, fenders, front
fascia and side skirts are all built out of carbon fiber. The carbon
fiber panels range from 50 percent to 80 percent lighter than the
sheet metal they replaced. For example, a factory Hyundai Genesis
Coupe door weighs 68 pounds but modifications made by RMR reduce the
door weight to just 8.5 pounds. This weight-saving approach is
carried throughout the car without compromising its powerful curves,
surface detail and “Z” bodyside line.
The interior of the RMR Red Bull Hyundai Genesis Coupe is unrecognizable from its origins as a well-appointed 2+2 coupe designed with everyday driving in mind. All comfort and convenience features are removed to make way for a custom-fabricated eight-point safety cage and firewall which reinforce the Genesis Coupe’s already stiff chassis. By removing the roof, the RMR fabricators welded every aspect of the safety cage to the frame of the car. The braces on the A and B pillars also tie into the strength of the body. The safety cage is required for racing and a single Sparco racing seat further protects the driver in the overhauled cockpit.
The RMR Red Bull Hyundai Genesis Coupe utilizes a KW remote reservoir three-way adjustable coilover suspension. Adjustable chro-moly sway bars dial the suspension in further for true track performance. RMR also fabricated adjustable lower control arms, rear control arms and toe links to allow precise tuning of the chassis.
ENGINE AND TURBO KIT
The Hyundai Lambda 3.8-liter V6 engine, which comes standard on the Genesis Coupe 3.8, will be stroked to 4.1-liters and further enhanced by a Turbonetics turbocharger. An AEM engine management system will also be used. The engine will be mated to a HKS sequential transmission. The end result is a Genesis Coupe that will produce 550 horsepower and 520 lb.-ft. of torque.
WHEELS, TIRES AND BRAKES
To ensure that the enhanced power plant translates all the way to road performance, RMR added 18- by 8.5-inch front and 18- by 9.5-inch rear Enkei RPF1 light weight wheels and 225/40-18 Toyo Proxes R1R front tires and 265/40 Toyo Proxes R1R rear tires.
The paint scheme is a combination of blue, silver and unpainted black carbon fiber with its signature weave pattern.
· Toyo Tires
RHYS MILLEN – DRIVER, OWNER RMR
With more than 16 years of racing experience, Rhys Millen has established himself as one of the premier rally/drifting drivers in North America. Born in New Zealand in 1972, Rhys is the son of famed rally and off-road racer Rod Millen. Rhys joined Rod in the U.S. as a teenager and soon afterwards established himself as racer by taking first at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the Open Division and winning Rookie of the Year. He won the Formula Drift championship in 2005 and was runner-up in 2006.
RHYS MILLEN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - 2008
· Red Bull Drifting
World Championship winner
RHYS MILLEN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - 2007
· Pikes Pike Time Attack
RHYS MILLEN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS – 2006
· Formula Drift Champion
RHYS MILLEN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS – 2005
· Formula Drift Champion
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of South Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 780 dealerships nationwide.