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Hyundai building a record-breaking prototype for the Pikes Peak race

Rhys Millen Racing team, the winner of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race (which he achieved in the production cars category with a Genesis Coupe), is now cooperating with Hyundai to build potentially record-breaking prototype. The car will debut this year`s Pikes Peak race...

This year Rhys Millen will be going in the Unlimited Class which allows almost any technical solutions. This is the class where the best records are set (currently at 10:01.408), and which the RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580 is about to beat.

Thanks to very liberal rules of the Unlimited class, Hyundai and RMR are making their bet on a number of high-tech solutions, which, as announced in the press release, "address a fundamental reasons on perhaps why the 10-minute record has not fallen." The primary features of the prototype will include:

1) light carbon fiber body which allowed to keep the car weight under 850 kg

2) an all-wheel-drive system with active central differential, which is capable to dynamically change torque distribution, sending anywhere from 10 to 100 percent to the front wheels. This should help to dynamically adopt the vehicle`s settings to varying road surfaces which include asphalt and dirt sections.

3) active rear wing which increases angle at- and before turns, and reduces its angle and the resulting drag on straight sections.

4) Hyundai V6 engine stroked to 4.1 liters and turbocharged to 750 hp

All these features should help Hyundai and the RMR team to beat the "unbreakable" 10-minute record (besides winning the race itself) . How will it go? We`ll see this June.


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