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Hyundai Reunites With Rhys Millen Racing 16
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Editorial, Hyundai, Kurt, Pike's Peak Hill Climb, Rhys Millen Racing on 01 16th, 2013
RMR Genesis Coupe

Rhys Millen Racing’s proposed Unlimited Class Genesis Coupe – image: Hyundai

For years, Rhys Millen was the face of Hyundai’s motorsports activities in North America, campaigning Hyundai’s wares in Formula Drift, Global Rallycross and even at the world-renown Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Last September, that relationship came to a sudden and unexpected end, with Hyundai announcing a review of how its motorsports budget was spent.

Ironically, the announcement came just months after Rhys Millen set a new record on Pikes Peak behind the wheel of a Hyundai Genesis Coupe. While Millen tried to shrug it off as part of racing, it was clear that the announcement came as a surprise to him as well. Cutting loose an unproductive driver is one thing, but cutting loose a driver active in three series, who just set a new world record, doesn’t seem like the wisest choice.

On Monday, Hyundai announced that it’s reuniting with Rhys Millen Racing for a two-car attack on Pikes Peak in 2013. In addition to running a (heavily) modified Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Rhys Millen Racing will also campaign a purpose-built race car, built around Hyundai’s Lambda V-6 engine. While production components like the block, cylinder heads and bearings will be used, the heavily-modified engine will be tuned to produce “over” 900 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque. Expect to see a lightweight body that more or less resembles a Hyundai Genesis Coupe, too.

Millen will drive the Unlimited Class racer, while a yet-to-be-named driver will campaign the Genesis Coupe in the Time Attack 2WD Class. The goal is a new record for Hyundai in each of the two classes, as well as gathering information on the durability of Hyundai’s drivetrain components under extreme conditions.

If that’s the good news, here’s the bad: the new partnership doesn’t appear to extend to Formula Drift or the Global Rallycross Championship. Still, as Rhys Millen will surely tell you, any sponsorship is better than no sponsorship.



Pike’s Peak Record Setting Porsche GT2 RS For Sale 12
Jul
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Jeff Zwart, Kurt, Pike's Peak Hill Climb, porsche, Porsche GT2 RS, video on 07 12th, 2011

For sale: Guards Red 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS with just 4,062 mostly-highway miles. Used for weekend drives by mature owner. Includes tasteful modifications, such as an upgraded roll cage, OMP steering wheel and the highly-desirable “passenger seat delete” option. Call today, because this baby won’t last long!

Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, FL is selling Jeff Zwart’s record-breaking Pike’s Peak 911 GT2 RS. There’s no price listed on the Champion Porsche website, but the cheapest 911 GT2 RS that I saw had an “internet price” of $299,900, which is more than the car cost new. Since the Pike’s Peak GT2 RS is “historically significant”, you can bet that putting it in your garage will cost substantially more money than that. Whatever the asking price is, you’ve got this in your favor: Porsche built a limited number of 911 GT2 RS cars to begin with, and only one set a new record on Pike’s Peak. Depending upon the asking price, there’s a good chance that Zwart’s GT2 RS will appreciate in value over time. Besides, your stock portfolio won’t top 200 miles per hour.

See Zwart’s GT2 RS in action in the video below.

Source: Auto Guide



Pike’s Peak Record Setting Porsche GT2 RS For Sale 12
Jul
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Jeff Zwart, Kurt, Pike's Peak Hill Climb, porsche, Porsche GT2 RS, video on 07 12th, 2011

For sale: Guards Red 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS with just 4,062 mostly-highway miles. Used for weekend drives by mature owner. Includes tasteful modifications, such as an upgraded roll cage, OMP steering wheel and the highly-desirable “passenger seat delete” option. Call today, because this baby won’t last long!

Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, FL is selling Jeff Zwart’s record-breaking Pike’s Peak 911 GT2 RS. There’s no price listed on the Champion Porsche website, but the cheapest 911 GT2 RS that I saw had an “internet price” of $299,900, which is more than the car cost new. Since the Pike’s Peak GT2 RS is “historically significant”, you can bet that putting it in your garage will cost substantially more money than that. Whatever the asking price is, you’ve got this in your favor: Porsche built a limited number of 911 GT2 RS cars to begin with, and only one set a new record on Pike’s Peak. Depending upon the asking price, there’s a good chance that Zwart’s GT2 RS will appreciate in value over time. Besides, your stock portfolio won’t top 200 miles per hour.

See Zwart’s GT2 RS in action in the video below.

Source: Auto Guide



A Polaris RZR Tackles Pike’s Peak 15
Jun
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Kurt, Motorsport, Pike's Peak Hill Climb, Polaris RZR-X, Tuners, video on 06 15th, 2011

The Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb challenges drivers from around the world to let it all hang out as they tackle the notorious mountain course. Unlike sane motorsport events, where a mistake costs you a few seconds per lap, a mistake at Pike’s Peak could be your last. If driving flat-out on both paved and dirt roads, many without guardrails, sounds like your idea of fun, then you’ll love the video below.

Take a Polaris RZR, stuff in a one-liter Yamaha Apex motor and throw a turbo on it, and the net result is a 260 horsepower ATV. Eligible to run in the Exhibition Powersport class, this RXR-X looks to be a handful behind the wheel – check out driver Doug Siddens’ hand motions as he tries to keep the RZR pointed in the right direction. It’s amusing to watch, but I’m not sure I’d want to drive that beast up Pike’s Peak at speed.

Source: YouTube, via Autoblog







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