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Rhys Millet gets drifty with his Hyundai Genesis Coupe – Click above to watch the video

2009 was a less-than-stellar year for Rhys Millen and the debut of his Hyundai Genesis coupe. The Genesis is an eminently driftable car as was demonstrated during the media launch a year ago. But despite Millen's considerable skills, the defending champion finished the Formula Drift season in 19th place.

With the 2010 season set to kick off next weekend in Long Beach, the Millen Racing crew has been working on improving the car and Millen spent some time practicing recently at El Toro. While the car is certainly generating plenty of tire smoke thanks to its 650 horsepower, we have no idea at this point if it will move Millen further up in the rankings this year. Millen did tell us that he will have more to announce soon on additional race programs. Perhaps a GT2 Genesis Coupe? or a Pikes Peak Equus? Check out the video after the jump.

[Source: Rhys Millen Racing via YouTube]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks for letting us hear the engine. That chanting was just great.

      /sarcastic ranting
      • 5 Years Ago
      Every car guy's dream...someone gives you a ridiculous automobile, an abandoned runway, and says..."Alright, go for it".

      They should really announce these practice sessions/video shoots. I'm pretty sure a large chunk of people would come out to watch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this drifting fad is the dumbest of all racing, even dumber than NASCAR. I can't wait for this stupidity to end!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Obviously you don't understand it, it's about style and car control. Sure it's not the fastest way around the track, but neither is back flipping a motorcycle and people seem to love that (I sure do!). It's a showcase of driver skill and style.
      • 5 Years Ago
      a couple of comments here are fair calls, Rhys, and the Hyundai DO get more coverage than other drivers, and cars, yes, but there's a reason for that....

      As for if its a sport or not, well, clearly it is.
      Its something people do, competeing against other people, pretty sure if not a dictionary definition, thats pretty much what sport is.
      No its not "racing" not everything that involves wheels and engines is "motor racing"
      motorsport, yes.

      Drifting isn't just sport, its art too, once i was a purist, but consider the control these guys have on a vehicle on the very edge of traction, they way each drift links to the next, and tell me honestly, when you consider the whole picture, it is not a beautiful sight to behold?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gloria Maria Gratia Plena Sanctificare...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really excited to see Reese drift again. Hopefully the car stays together!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do you cover him if he's 19th? Why does this stupid "Hyundai" get repeated credit on this website over all the other cars that compete in this series?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because it's Rhys Millen. He's one of the reasons why drifting is in The States. He only finished 19th because it was his first time running this car. It was quite a change from the Pontiac Solstice GXP from 3 years before.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whatever happened to that V8-powered, mid-engine Hyundai Genesis Coupe they were working on?
      • 5 Years Ago
      ok a few things here....

      1. fix the spelling
      2. he was not the defending Formula Drift champ last year, he won the Red Bull World Drift Championship in the Pontiac Solstice GXP.
      3. for those who don't know, here is the list of cars he has drifted in Formula Drift:
      2004, 2005, 2006 - Pontiac GTO
      2007, 2008 - Pontiac Soltice GXP
      2009 - Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      19th? There are 19 people still doing this?
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