Chicago, Illinois – Hyundai has unveiled a special version of its upcoming 2012 Veloster at the Chicago Auto Show. The company has teamed with Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) and Red Bull to campaign the car in rallycross.
Champion race driver Rhys Millen fabricated and will race the first 500-horsepower all-wheel drive Veloster in the 2011 U.S. Rallycross Championship. RMR and Hyundai are constructing a second Veloster rally car that will be shared between rally champion Marcus Dodd and world record freestyle motorbike rider Robbie Maddison. Millen and Maddison will drive the cars at the Summer X Games.
A third Veloster rally car will be constructed to compete in the two-wheel drive class in a limited number of U.S. Rallycross Championships, with drivers to be announced.
“The Veloster Concept inspired me to expand Hyundai’s motorsports program back into their roots of rally,” said Millen. “We’ve transformed the Veloster’s lightweight, rigid architecture into a rally car with an engine producing 500 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. We hope some of the performance learnings from the Veloster rallycross program have a role in the development of future Veloster models.”