• May 25, 2010
Rhys Millen Racing PM580 frame – Click above to view the video after the jump

The folks at HRE Performance Wheels dropped by the Rhys Millen Racing shop to check out the progress on the new PM580 Pikes Peak hill-climb car. Millen and his crew are in the process of building an Unlimited Class racer to crack the all-time record on the Colorado mountain. Millen will attempt to both recapture the record that his father held for 13 years and record the first ever sub-10-minute time.

The PM580 is powered by a Hyundai Genesis V8 engine mounted in the middle of a steel tube-frame chassis. Aside from the engine, the rest of the chassis looks rather conventional, until you see the carbon-fiber bodywork that looks more like something destined to hurtle down the Mulsanne straight at Le Mans rather than up the side of a mountain.

Unlike your mobile data plan, at Pikes Peak Unlimited means exactly that: anything goes, including active aerodynamics. The angle of the upper plane on the rear wing is automatically managed based on a yaw rate sensor and lateral accelerometer. When the car is on the straights it flattens out to a 10-degree angle, but as the car turns in, it tips up to 50 degrees to press the rear end down. It's fascinating stuff and you can check it out in the video after the jump.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      hahaha so much envy it's ridiculous. It's true though, if Toyota made a Pikes Peak car it would be over budget, take 10-15 years to make and under perform (see Toyota's racing failures over the past decades *cough F1 history* , and the LF-A). If your lucky you might even have a sticky gas pedal and fly off the side of the Peak. By the end of the summer Hyundai will own the 2WD and unlimited records, and with the new 4WD in the works, Pikes Peak will fly the slanted 'H'.

      Don't worry, we are only about 5 years away until the FT-86 might debut, and Toyota fan boys can talk again, but for now, keep dwelling in the last millennium when Toyota built FUN cars...the Solara doesn't cut it.

      It's Millen Time!
      • 4 Years Ago
      its hilarious how people keep making excuses to be haters. What Rhys Millen is doing with Hyundai is not really unusual in one way or another for pikes peak or any racing genre. Stop making hallow arguments to the contrary.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am still surprised that he decided to build his own car, instead of having his dad's company to build him one. Maybe Hyundai doesn't have the budget?

      http://www.millenworks.com/html/motorsports.htm?&navItemIndex=8

      Everything I saw in the video above look so primitive compare to the Tacoma and Celica that MillenWorks build for the same race.
      The Hyundai's body looks like a FnF ricer when the Tacoma is a wind tunnel tuned purebred racing machine. And don't let me start talking about the chassis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        tubular steel frames are among the safest and strongest possible choices for a one-off prototype racer

        if it does break 10 min it will be because of the aero
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ emilevv

        I am fully aware the red MR Genesis at the end of the video is a SEMA show car, which I think is actually a pretty cool car (not FnF at all)

        When I say FnF, I am talking more about the quality of the body parts. Looks like everything is handmade and looks like some badly made FnF body kit, with details taken from another car and nothing is designed in a way that they work together (both in terms of styling and aerodynamic). Which is a completely opposite of what I see on the MillenWorks pikes peak racers (which Rod, not Steve drove) and their other projects. Also the chassis looks very primitive designed and built compare to those CAD designed chassis found on the Toyotas.

        BTW, that rendering is a joke, which maybe explains why the car looks and built the way it is now.

        I am not saying RMR is doing a bad job, it's going to be a bad ass car, it was just I was expecting something more from a guy with Millen as his last name. :D And I can't wait to see it go up the hill and beat the Suzuki!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hi Gus,

        The Genesis shown at the end was a show car, it is not the car he's building for the Hillclimb. If you take a look at the renderings on his website, this beast had nearly nothing to do with a genesis and is very much in line the celica and tacoma that Steve drove.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i was at RMR a few weeks ago. Let me tell you both cars showcased in that video are badass and have top notch fabrication.

      No need to have the pops shop build it, Rhys' team is doing an awsome job. I really hope he brakes into the 9's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Steve Millen > Rhys Millen