2011 RMR Hyundai Veloster rally review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 10 February 2011 , 11:02:04 byVeronica

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RMR Hyundai Veloster rally

While the next generation of Hyundai buyers were anxioulsy waiting for the launch of the 2012 Veloster, their excitement was continously fed by Hyundai's teaming with Red BUll and Rhys Millen Racing in order to campaign the rallycross with its high-energy sport feature. Millen and his team are an ideal match to help launch Hyundai's motorsports effort. With the help of the champion race car driver Rhys Millen, the Veloster coupe was added to the motorsports program of Hyundai Motor America, at the Chicago Auto Show. Mike O'Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America stated that the Veloster represented the perfect choice for the U.S. Rallycross Chmapionship series as well as the X Games. Rhys and his team managed to introduce it to racing fans before its launch, which was planned for this summer, aiming it to be fun to drive and playful. The light weight Veloster was made even lighter by building the hood, doors, qaurter panels, rear fascia and front fascia from carbon/Kevlar, which is boasted to be 75 per cent lighter than the sheet metal that was replaced. A custom RMR rear wing increases downforce, while the hood is vented so that the heat is dissipated. When taking a closer look at the interior of the RMR red Bull Hyundai Veloster Rally, one notices that it is almost unrecognizable, as comfort and convenience features were removed to make way for a custom-fabricated eight-point safety cage and firewall which reinforce the Veloster's already stiff chassis. Custom built 18-inch HRE wheels and 245/40-18 Hankook Racing tires were added to provide an enhanced power plant is translated all the way to track performance.
Piloting 500+ horsepower four wheel drive compact cars through race traffic over a challenging short course that features jumps, unbanked turns, dirt and pavement, five drivers will line up to start at once a race which integrates five rally-style cars which will slide and jump on a course road made of gravel and pavement.