Hyundai Powered Unlimited Race Car Sets The Second Fastest Time In Pikes Peak Hill Climb History

Hyundai Powered Unlimited Race Car Sets The Second Fastest Time In Pikes Peak
                              Hill Climb History

Millen Sets Personal Best Time of 9:02.102 to the 14,115 Ft. Summit

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PIKES PEAK, Colo., July 1, 2013

PIKES PEAK, Colo., July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Rhys Millen and his
Hyundai-powered race car finished second overall and set the second fastest
time in history at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb today. Millen
set a blistering pace to the summit in his specially-prepared Hyundai powered
race car, needing only 9:02.192 to make international motorsports' most
challenging ascent. For 2013,Millen's own race team, Rhys Millen Racing
(RMR), built an all-new unlimited-class, tube frame racecar powered by a
production-based Hyundai lambda engine block, heads, and powertrain support
equipment. The production Hyundai electronic power steering in the car also
performed flawlessly today at high and low speeds while providing a lot of



"Years of experience spent on Pikes' challenging 156 turns paid off in a big
way for the RMR team this year," said Millen. "By building an all-new Hyundai
Genesis PM580-T tarmac-focused racecar, the team made precise adjustments,
building upon last years' world record. We focused on leveraging monster
downforce, creating incredible traction for our rear-drive strategy on the
all-tarmac road surface. Behind the wheel, considerable experience at Pikes
Peak over the years allowed me to shave a few tenths from every challenging

Not content to rest on their laurels from last years' all-time record in the
RMR Genesis Coupe, the RMR team held nothing back in race preparation for this
years' all-new unlimited-class racecar. Starting with a Grand Am Daytona
Prototype tubular monocoque chassis with aluminum honeycomb from Crawford Race
Cars, Millen added a custom carbon-composite body modeled after the production
Genesis Coupe's unique greenhouse silhouette. Front and rear suspensions use
sophisticated front and rear double A-arms with a pushrod setup and Penske
8760 racing dampers. The engine block and heads are from the Hyundai
production-based Lambda engine family, with a Garrett turbocharger feeding the
highly pressurized (22:1) air-fuel mixture, creating 900 horsepower and 800
lb. ft. of torque. Power is fed through an Xtrac DP386 5-speed sequential
transmission to BBS 3-piece, 18-inch aluminum wheels and Hankook F200 racing
slicks. Six-pot front and four-pot rear Brembo brakes with MOTUL racing fluid
provide stopping power for the 156 turns, and oversized cooling ductwork
ensures adequate brake rotor heat dissipation in the thin air of the summit's
extreme altitudes.

This year, special focus was given to maximizing the rear-drive grip potential
for the new all-tarmac course and its considerably higher average speeds. A
more aggressive aero strategy was implemented, targeting even more downforce
to accommodate the additional grip requirements of a pure rear-drive setup.
The entire car was scrutinized for weight reduction potential, with a racing
weight of only 2150 lbs., while suspension settings were further optimized for
Millen's unique driving techniques.

Rhys Millen Racing has been the team to contend with in recent years at Pikes
Peak. In 2012, Millen set the fastest-ever, all-time world record of 9:46.164
in the Hyundai RMR Genesis Coupe. Before that, in 2011, Rhys nearly broke the
famed 10-minute barrier in his dedicated PM580 tube-frame hillclimb racer. The
same year, in a classic father/son family effort, Rhys' father, Rod Millen,
set the current record in the same Genesis Coupe, having recently celebrated
his 60^th birthday, even beating a Porsche 911 GT2 RS. In 2009, Rhys had set
the world record for Time Attack 2WD in the Genesis Coupe, the beginning of a
world-record-setting dynasty for the RMR team.

World Champion driver Rhys "Mad Skills" Millen pilots the RMR Hyundai Genesis
Coupe in the Formula DRIFT Championship and the RMR Hyundai Veloster rally car
in the U.S. Rallycross Championship Series, including Summer X-Games. Millen's
team has been a great match for Hyundai motorsports. Millen's driving
credentials include movie stunts, multiple drifting championships, two Pikes
Peak world records and his 2008 New Year's Eve Las Vegas truck flip at Red
Bull: New Year. No Limits. Behind Millen's success in the driver's seat is a
full team of engineers and fabricators who know how to maximize the potential
of a race car.

With more than 17 years of racing experience, Rhys Millen has established
himself as one of the premier rally/drifting drivers in North America. Rhys is
the son of famed rally and off-road racer Rod Millen. Rhys won the Formula
Drift championship in 2005 and the Red Bull Drifting World Championship in
2008. In 2009 at the PPIHC, Millen won the Time Attack 2WD class in his
carbon-bodied Hyundai Genesis Coupe. His time of 12:09.397 crushed the class

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