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St00k 04-19-2010 08:10 AM

Who Says Hyundai can't build a badass car?


They say the best things in life are free…but they haven't seen the incredible RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580. Designed to run the Unlimited Class at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the PM580 is basically a Le Mans-style prototype racer — with all-wheel-drive. And at least 650 horsepower.

Hyundai sent out a preview of the car, but, well, we weren't expecting this. Let's hear from Rhys Millen, the car's designer and racer who will tackle the mountain this summer.

“We are building a car for today’s road,” said Millen “The car will have a sleek aerodynamic body, the grip of Toyo Proxy tires and the power and durability of a Hyundai engine. This is the package I need to break the record.”

By any estimation, the vehicle should be ballistic. A target weight of 1,850 lbs. — less than a Lotus Elise — ensures the 650+ horsepower 4.1-liter turbocharged Hyundai Lambda engine won't go to waste. Also part of the package is an active rear wing to allow a more slippery profile on straights, plus a Quaife active center differential. Hyundai and RMR believe this setup will help the car transition from asphalt and dirt, something the 12.42 mile course does numerous times.

Let's make no mistake: Hyundai is gunning for the outright Pikes Peak record. The current world record hold is Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, who ran a 10:01.41 on the 12.42-mile course in an extremely modified Suzuki back in 2007. Tajima’s time bested the standing world’ record of 10:04.06, set in 1994 by Rhys’ father Rod Millen.

TOPEC 04-19-2010 09:07 AM

how is that badass? still a hyundai

Timpo 04-19-2010 10:49 AM

so that thing's trying to beat Suzuki Escudo? It will be interesting to see if they can..

from outside, it kinda looks like LeMans wannabe though

AVS_Racing 04-19-2010 11:20 AM

doesn't even look like a hyundai but props for trying

AzNightmare 04-19-2010 12:01 PM

That looks like crap...

jlenko 04-19-2010 12:06 PM

Looks like someone drew it in MS Paint. Got any pics to prove the car actually exists?

And until I see some real numbers instead of hypothetical shit... it's still a shitty Hyundai.

ae101 04-19-2010 12:13 PM

sorry hyundai already made a badass car & it's called the genessis coupe IRL & as for this Le Man genessis all i can say is that it does not even look like it fits the pike peak hill climb at all

godwin 04-19-2010 12:26 PM

You guys do realise the chassis is either by Lola or Dallara. Hyundai just supplies the drivetrain (actually more likely just the engine).

skyxx 04-19-2010 12:55 PM


Originally Posted by AzNightmare (Post 6913147)
That looks like crap...

So you're saying you hate all the Le Man's P cars?


Originally Posted by godwin (Post 6913183)
You guys do realise the chassis is either by Lola or Dallara. Hyundai just supplies the drivetrain (actually more likely just the engine).

That's what it seems like. People see that Hyundai emblem then they go "UGLY, meh". What a bunch of tools. :lol

CivicTypeRice 04-19-2010 03:57 PM

Does it have a turbo?

- kT 04-19-2010 06:43 PM

Delerious 04-19-2010 11:56 PM

The genesis is a really hot car.


Manic! 04-20-2010 12:36 AM


Originally Posted by Delerious (Post 6914670)

I guess installing a beyond redline turbo kit is not a good idea.

Leopold Stotch 04-20-2010 01:01 AM

your title is misleading,

hyundai didn't build this car, rhys millen's team did.

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