The present & future of performance cars

THE SECOND FASTEST TIME IN PIKES PEAK HILL CLIMB HISTORY

Rhys Millen and his Hyundai-powered race car finished second overall and set the second fastest time in history at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb today. Millen set a blistering pace to the summit in his specially-prepared Hyundai powered race car, needing only 9:02.192 to make international motorsports' most challenging ascent. For 2013, Millen's own race team, Rhys Millen Racing (RMR), built an all-new unlimited-class, tube frame racecar powered by a production-based Hyundai lambda engine block, heads, and powertrain support equipment. The production Hyundai electronic power steering in the car also performed flawlessly today at high and low speeds while providing a lot of feedback.

WINNING PIKES PEAK HERITAGE

Rhys Millen Racing has been the team to contend with in recent years at Pikes Peak. In 2012, Millen set the fastest-ever, all-time world record of 9:46.164 in the Hyundai RMR Genesis Coupe. Before that, Rhys nearly broke the famed 10-minute barrier in his dedicated PM580 tube-frame hillclimb racer. The same year, in a classic father/son family effort, Rhys’ father, Rod Millen, set the current record in the same Genesis Coupe, having recently celebrated his 60th birthday, even beating a Porsche 911 GT2 RS. In 2009, Rhys had set the world record for Time Attack 2WD in the Genesis Coupe, the beginning of a world-record-setting dynasty for the RMR team. Rhys Millen Racing has been the team to contend with in recent years at Pikes Peak. In 2012, Millen set the fastest-ever, all-time world record of 9:46.164 in the Hyundai RMR Genesis Coupe. Before that, Rhys nearly broke the famed 10-minute barrier in his dedicated PM580 tube-frame hillclimb racer. The same year, in a classic father/son family effort, Rhys’ father, Rod Millen, set the current record in the same Genesis Coupe, having recently celebrated his 60th birthday, even beating a Porsche 911 GT2 RS. In 2009, Rhys had set the world record for Time Attack 2WD in the Genesis Coupe, the beginning of a world-record-setting dynasty for the RMR team.

500-hp Hyundai Velostor rallycross machine

There are more famous racing families than the Millens, but not many. Rhys Millen, the drifting champion we know and love. And this is the latest tool of his trade.
Though the body has been modified replacing the metal body panels with carbon/Kevlar to cut 75 percent of the shell's weight, dropping the scales down to 2,656 pounds, the real treasure, is under the louvered hood: Hyundai's 2.0-liter four-cylinder bolted to an HKS ball-bearing turbocharger driving a whopping 500 HP & 600 lb-ft of torque through an X-Trac six-speed sequential to all four wheels.

VELOSTER NEWS:

Veloster continues to attract Hyundai's next generation of buyers, earning numerous accolades including the Polk Automotive Loyalty Award, Bloomberg's "Best Economy Car," one of Kelley Blue Book's "10 Coolest New Cars under $18,000" and Autobytel's Car of the Year for 2012.

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2014 – Hyundai Motor America unveiled the newest addition to its popular Veloster line-up, the RE:FLEX Edition, at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Veloster RE:FLEX Edition goes on sale early this Spring, with a limited production run of 3,000 units, ensuring buyers they will own a truly unique Veloster model for years to come.

"Veloster RE:FLEX Edition builds on the success of the 2013 Veloster RE:MIX Edition," said Scott Margason, director, product planning. "Veloster customers desire limited-edition models with even sportier styling, unique features and exclusive colors that allow them to stand out from the crowd and that is exactly what RE:FLEX Edition delivers."

Veloster RE:FLEX features black or red full leather seating, projector headlights with LED headlight accents, LED taillights, illuminated door sills, 18-inch alloy wheels with a PVD chrome finish, chrome hood accents, chrome door handles and RE:FLEX badging on the exterior and floor mats.

Other standard equipment on the RE:FLEX is borrowed from the popular Style Package including front fog lights, piano black interior accents, a 450-watt Dimension premium audio system with eight speakers including a subwoofer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, alloy pedals and an automatic up driver's window. As with all Velosters for 2014, a rearview camera is now also standard equipment taking full advantage of the standard 7-inch multimedia touchscreen display.

** 2015 Sonata **

When Hyundai last overhauled the Sonata in 2009, motorists embraced the curvier exterior and the South Korean company went on to gain more market share than any major automaker for the next half decade.

Today, Hyundai is betting on a repeat jolt as the Seoul-based carmaker released the first images of the seventh-generation sedan. Hyundai plans to make a fuller unveil this month in Korea and display the car at the New York auto show in April.

“The Sonata was the model that made consumers re-evaluate Hyundai from a maker of budget cars to one that made stylish and appealing cars,” said Shin Chung Kwan, an analyst at KB Investment & Securities Co. “With the upcoming Sonata, the company is hoping to take another step up.”

The remodeled Sonata in 2009 surpassed Nissan Motor Co.’s Altima and General Motors Co.’s Malibu. Annual sales of the model almost doubled in the U.S. by 2012 following the revamp, according to company data.

The Sonata was ranked by J.D. Power and Associates as the most dependable midsize car in their 2013 study.

The car drew the admiration of some auto executives.

The Sonata “changed the game in that segment by having a highly stylized car,” Jim Lentz, head of Toyota’s U.S. operations, said in an interview in September.

“The all-new Sonata has evolved again,” Park Jeong Gil, head of Hyundai Motor Group’s engineering design division, said in a statement. “It will play an important role in further facilitating our shift from quantitative growth to qualitative growth.”

The 2015 model year Sonata will be the second car after its Genesis premium sedan to be unveiled implementing Hyundai’s“fluidic sculpture 2.0” design theme, a continuation of the philosophy that helped hint at speed and the looks of expensive European models.

To appeal to customers, Hyundai said it seeks to offer a “sense of premium quality in every detail” in the new Sonata, which will feature a hexagonal grille, longer wheelbase and more ergonomic cushion design to improve seat comfort. “The new Sonata will offer improved quality, better mileage, and have a milder but more sophisticated look,” said Lee Sang Hyun, an analyst at NH Investment & Securities Co.“This will help Hyundai capture a broader audience and boost its sales in global markets