• Apr 19th 2010 at 12:00PM
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RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Last week, we learned that Rhys Millen has been busy preparing a new unlimited class challenger to try to recapture the overall Pikes Peak Hill Climb record that his father held for over a decade. At the time, all we knew was that it would be Hyundai powered, and we assumed that it would bear at least a vague resemblance to a Genesis Coupe.

Instead, these first official renderings suggest that the Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis PM580 looks more like a Le Mans prototype than some of the cartoonish looking Suzuki or Toyota racersdriven by Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima or Rod Millen – let alone one of the more traditional open-wheel buggies that long dominated the Peak.

The PM580 uses a steel tube frame chassis wrapped in a carbon fiber skin. A turbocharged 4.1-liter Hyundai V6 producing up to 750 horsepower will put power down through an active all-wheel-drive system. The rear wing also has active trimming out on the straights to reduce drag, and it can tip up to generate additional downforce in the corners. Millen's goal is to set the first ever sub-10 minute time for the 12.42 mile "Run to the Clouds." Since you've got until June 27 until the green flag drops, why not check out the high-res gallery of renderings below and the official press release after the jump?

[Source: Hyundai]


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In the world of racing, Unlimited, means "Anything Goes." Unlike other forms of motorsport (NASCAR, Indy Car, F1, etc.) the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Unlimited Class gives teams the freedom to create any kind of race car they want to conquer the mountain without restrictions on tires, weight and horsepower. Teams can make their cars as light as possible, with an unlimited amount of horsepower and with whatever braking, drivetrain or suspension package they desire.

With this in mind, Rhys Millen Racing is fabricating a modern Le Mans style car with a target weight of 1,850 pounds powered by a 4.1-liter Hyundai Lambda turbocharged V6 engine. The team feels to have a competitive power-to-weight ratio, the car will need to produce 675 horsepower. Current engine testing shows the engine is capable of producing 750 horsepower, which is more than needed to tackle the mountain.

The car will feature a carbon fiber aerodynamic body with an active rear wing. The wing will create less drag in the straight-aways and more stability in cornering and braking. Active wings are outlawed in other forms of racing.
"We are building a car for today's road," said Millen "The car will have a sleek aerodynamic body, the grip of Toyo Proxy tires and the power and durability of a Hyundai engine. This is the package I need to break the record."

The RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580 will use an active center differential. This differential will allow a 10 to 100 percent torque split to the front wheels. This is important because the course changes from asphalt to dirt multiple times and allows the Genesis PM580 to have more than one set up on the 12.42-mile course. The car will be ideal on the mixed surface at Pikes Peak. The Genesis PM580 address a fundamental reason on perhaps why the 10-minute record has not fallen. Most race cars do not work well on both dirt and asphalt.

Chromoly frame and roll cage
Two Quaife differentials
Weismann semi-automatic AWD transmission
Tilton Racing clutch
3.8-liter Lambda V6 engine stroked to 4.1-liters
HKS T04Z turbocharger
Bar and plate intercooler
Custom RMR stainless exhaust manifolds
Carbon fiber Brembo brakes and pads
17-inch HRE wheels
275/40 Toyo rear tires
RMR customer carbon fiber body with front and rear diffusers
Active wing by Aeromotions

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm, they are expecting a lot of snow at pikes peak? If not why did they make a snow-plow?
      • 5 Years Ago
      When they are bringing a car like this to the table, it makes Millen's feat in a 1994 Celica based car seem all the more impressive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        On dirt no less.

        I'm a bit surprised that with all the additional pavement they've added(the course is now about 50% pavement) that cars aren't able to speed up it more quickly.

        Must be the compromise of having to account for both asphalt and dirt that makes it tough to fine tune the cars for either.

        Either way, the fact that Millen's record stood for so long is quite impressive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why wouldn't they supercharge the V8 instead? Seems like they could get more power out of that, especially if there aren't any set restrictions. (please pardon my pikes ignorance)
        • 5 Years Ago
        turbo works better at high altitude
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great event...better when it wasn't nearly all paved...even if he sets the record its a different race now that there is so much tarmac vehicles like this one can handle the road...
        • 5 Years Ago
        What I thought too. Even if he does manage to break the record(not doubting he can't), the road condition now is so much better than the bygone days of ALL gravel/dirt, that the old PP climbers would probably laugh at the current PP drivers.

        And yes I'd like to see him drive that up PP when it was all gravel/dirt, see how far that thing will go before having the front CF just completely destroyed.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Exactly what part(s) of that car originate from a Hyundai Genesis?
        • 5 Years Ago
        He said which parts come from a Hyundai Genesis, not which parts come from Hyundai. Hyundai doesn't offer a 4.1L V6 in the Hyundai Genesis (coupe or sedan), turbocharged or no. So I think it's fair to question whether even the engine comes from a Genesis or is just a purpose-built motor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Didn't you read the article?? This is going to be hyundai's refreshed 2012 genesis coupe. Duh.

        Haha, in reality it doesnt really share anything other than the Lambda V6. Which is a NA 3.8L engine for starters. Sounds like they made a custom stroker kit for it so that its now up to 4.1, and then slapped on a custom turbocharger! Beastly!

        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you even read the article? "turbocharged 4.1-liter Hyundai V6"

        Hell, did you even read the title? "Hyundai-powered"

        Reading comprehension, doyyyyyyyyyy
        • 5 Years Ago
        The stroker kit is avaliable through Crower. It's a stroked 3.8L V6 from the Genesis Coupe, just like the drift car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just the front emblem.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What the hell? That thing will be driving on dirt/ gravel/ tarmac road up a 12.42 mile long continous incline in pikes peak?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, they paved over a lot of it......
        • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Hyundai? You gotta be kidding me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, it's a Hyundai. It is currently 2010....April.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can buy a genesis with a turbo 4.1liter v6 in it?
      Point being, I did read the article. But at what point does it stop being a "genesis"? Sure its only a rendered image, but seems odd to have the word Genesis on the rear wing.

      Hyundai built? Yes.
      Hyundai Genesis? No.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The thing looks like a LeMans racer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish his Dad would come back next year with a built FT-86 and smash this. Pikes Peak belongs to the Toyota "Celica".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorta looks like a Toyota GT One.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai Zonda
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