RMR Hyundai PM580 In Detail – Click above for high-res image gallery

The RMR PM580 looks like a Le Mans Prototype car, sounds like a jet fighter that's been possessed by a demon and will run from 20-130 miles per hour in six seconds. Even sitting on jack stands, with its front and rear covers off, the PM580 looks intimidating. Walking up to the car as it rests in the shade of an outstretched RV awning, we're hit with a sense of awe and wonder. Could this be the first car to make the Pikes Peak run in less than ten minutes?

According to its driver Rhys Millen, "If the weather cooperates, I guarantee we will break the record."

A bold statement, but after getting a look at the car and chatting with Rhys, we're inclined to agree. Keep reading to find out why.

Refining a car for a demanding race requires testing and tuning, and Hyundai is lending a helping hand on that end. After all, the PM580 is powered by one of the Korean automaker's Lambda V6 engines that has been bored out to 4.1-liters. The race car retains the stock block, heads and valvetrain. The automaker has provided Rhys access to its California Proving Grounds, and so we set out to the Mojave desert for a closer look at the car and the ongoing tuning process.

Rhys and the RMR crew have been working hard on the Hyundai-powered PM580. In 2010, the car didn't live up to the expectations that many placed upon it. Transmission issues were the main cause of a disappointing showing, and those same problems were, unfortunately, popping up during the test session we attended. It's clear that the cranky cog-swapper is pushing Millen to his wits end, and he says he's ready to resort to the sequential setup that can be found in his Formula Drift Hyundai Genesis.

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As long as the transmission gets sorted by race time, the rest of the upgrades to the PM580 should help the team on its goal of running up the hill in less than 10 minutes. For more consistent acceleration out of the corners, RMR has switched from a torsen-type differential to a clutch-plate diff. A Hyundai Sonata has given up its power steering unit because Rhys likes the amount of boost and precision it supplies to his hands.

In addition to the re-calibrated transmission (assuming the Weismann unit isn't replaced entirely before the race), the machine's dampers were given new spring rates and a set of softer Hankook tires have been wrapped around HRE Wheels. These rubber hoops will help take advantage of the increased amount of tarmac on the hill. Further aiding the quest for time are upgraded body bits, including a new front splitter, intercooler scoop and massive rear wing to help Millen maintain control as he navigates the twisting Colorado mountain road.

The RMR PM580 is both lightweight and powerful – a combination that, along with the four-wheel-drive setup, will propel Rhys Millen up the mountain... quickly. When the Kiwi pilot is in the car, the combined weight is around 1925 pounds, depending on what Millen had for breakfast. RMR has tuned the 4.1-liter Lambda so it pumps out 700-horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. That go-fast energy is pushed out to all four corners of the PM580, and the meaty Hankooks grab the changing terrain like a quartet of tweens running into Bieber.

Enough of our blathering on about the car, let's have Rhys break it down (we'd like to apologize for the wind noise, Mother Nature was clearly jealous of the PM580's power):



Are the changes enough to allow Millen to break the 10-minute barrier? We asked Rhys that exact question. The normally jovial Millen didn't pause to think about the question, his eyes focused, his smile faded and he simply replied, "Yes."


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      Matt.P
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would be delighted to see a 700 horsepower luxury sedan from Hyundai
        Danaon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt.P
        I wouldn't. Not until they figure out how to make a car actually drive well. Every Hyundai I've driven (even new ones) have numb steering and a lot of them ride terribly.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Danaon
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          flammablewater
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Danaon
          I've only ever driven my Accent, but it's a little champ: AutoX, SnowX, track days. It's not fast, but that makes it so much more fun. Plus when you out-break some 'noob' in his BMW into a corner, you feel like a king.
          desinerd1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Danaon
          I like cars with "softer" suspension and "number" steering. Just because a car has 400hp engine doesn't mean it has to "sporty" and by sporty I mean hard suspension where you can feel all the pot holes and hard steering which feels like the power steering belt broke. Luxury car and sporty car are two different things. They can both have a powerful engine and very good pickup but that's where the overlap ends. Genesis is a luxury car and 328i is a sporty car. I would rather drive a Genesis.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Danaon
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      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems like Red Bull has a never ending pot of money......never tried the stuff myself.....
      MacK
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks cool... Maybe Redbull Media could of loaned you guys a shotgun mike with a muffler and a remote for Rhys... ;)
        Jeff Glucker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MacK
        Yep, we didn't realize it was going to be that windy out there. A shame, but at least most of the video comes through.
      AnonymousOne
      • 3 Years Ago
      My how the mighty are fallen ... It seems that Hyundai is doing more in the realm of motorsports than Honda and Toyota have recently. Something is wrong with this picture. Note to Honda and Toyota: Stop building boring beige **** and get back to building sportscars people would sell their soul to own.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AnonymousOne
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      omegaslast
      • 3 Years Ago
      might want to invest in a windscreen for a mic hyundai
      Coach Hire Adelaide
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love racing cars and this one really awesome. Thanks for sharing.
      Claeys Maurice Marc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't this the guy that would beat the rwd record last year, but got beaten by a almost standard Porsche 911GT3??? No ******* way he can beat the 10min record with only RWD, you need 4WD for that.... Well good luck this time and next time, and next time, and next time,...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Claeys Maurice Marc
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          montoym
          • 3 Years Ago
          Paul Dallenbach has been putting down great times with a 2wd vehicle for years now and he finally made the jump to Unlimited last year because he was tired of the Unlimited guys getting the best choices for run times so he joined them. Last year he came in 2nd, 28sec behind Monster(with a 10:39.5 time) using a 2wd car with no big-name support and a back up engine with less power. It can certainly be done. He's back with Banks backing him this year and a ton more power. Should be interesting.
        Jeff Glucker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Claeys Maurice Marc
        He set the 2WD record in a totally differrent car, and that record was beaten by Jeff Zwart. Zwart is a friend of the Millen family, and he and Rod are competing in the same class this year. Rhys is in the Unlimited class and his car sends power to all four wheels.
        threefortyduster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Claeys Maurice Marc
        Did you read the article? Just like last year's car, this one is all wheel drive too. From the article... The RMR PM580 is both lightweight and powerful – a combination that, along with the four-wheel-drive setup, will propel Rhys Millen up the mountain... quickly
          Claeys Maurice Marc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @threefortyduster
          Sorry missed that part, we'll follow this up.... But still not sure they manage to win or beat the 10 min benchmark
          montoym
          • 3 Years Ago
          @threefortyduster
          Paul Dallenbach has been putting down great times with a 2wd vehicle for years now and he finally made the jump to Unlimited last year because he was tired of the Unlimited guys getting the best choices for run times so he joined them. Last year he came in 2nd, 28sec behind Monster(with a 10:39.5 time) using a 2wd car with no big-name support and a back up engine with less power. It can certainly be done. He's back with Banks backing him this year and a ton more power. Should be interesting.
      Nikolas Malechikos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting to see he's using a Weismann setup... I know of another guy in the "tuner" racing world that has had nothing but trouble with his Weismann AWD setup. Hopefully these guys learn their lesson (and others who come after them), to not cheap out, but go with the best.... because it works.
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think if someone doesn't break 10 mins this year theres something wrong. Way too much pavement on that hill now
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