900 Horsepower and Climbing | Rhys Millen Racing | Hyundai Motorsports

900 Horsepower and Climbing | Rhys Millen Racing | Hyundai Motorsports


(engine roaring) (upbeat music) – [Announcer] In 2012, Rhys
Millen set the all-time record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in his Hyundai Genesis Coupe. To defend the title in 2013 he’s building the fastest, most powerful
Hyundai racer ever. – One key to winning at Pikes Peak is exceptional power. My goal is to achieve 900 horsepower. We’ve started with a great Hyundai engine. 90% of the engine is production based, part of the Genesis Coupe. I’ve always said from day one that this is the perfect engine for Pikes Peak. We’ve retained the aluminum block, the heads are stock, the cans are stock, the water pump is stock,
even the alternator is stock. We’re taking advantage of
the many engineering hours that Hyundai has put into
the production engine. With turbocharging and
the right amount of fuel, we’re producing in
excess of 900 horsepower and 800 foot-pounds of torque. In the case of Pikes Peak,
you’re really building a car that’s specifically for that race. Most hill climbs are not this
length or at this altitude. For every thousand feet of
climb, you lose 3% of power. That’s a total of 45% reduction in power at the top. That’s why we choose a
large displacement engine, Hyundai’s Lambda V6. The biggest challenge at Pikes Peak is that it’s sprint race. You can’t leave a teenth
of a second on the table. You’ve got to leave the
line focused, on pace with the throttle to the floor. – [Announcer] In the
next episode, check out what we’re doing to
integrate the aerodynamics of the Genesis Coupe body. (upbeat music)