Rhys Millen has set a new world record and took the overall victory at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb yesterday. In his hillclimb-prepared Hyundai Genesis Coupe racecar he only needed 9:46.164 to make international motorsports’ most challenging ascent over 14,000 feet.
For 2012, Millen’s own race team, Rhys Millen Racing (RMR), made performance enhancements to the current world-record-setting Genesis Coupe, the very same car that set the Time Attack 2WD record last year with Rhys’ father, Rod Millen, at the wheel.
Special focus was given to maximizing the grip potential of the new all-tarmac course and its considerably higher average speeds. A new aero package was fitted, targeting even more downforce to accommodate higher speeds and additional grip requirements of new, ultra-wide, staggered fitment Hankook F200 racing slicks on custom HRE lightweight wheels.
The front splitter was redesigned for more strength and the rear wing was redesigned for additional downforce, along with a wider rear body kit for stability. On the power side, a new Garrett GTX3582 Turbocharger was fitted, yielding an amazing 700 horsepower and 700lb-ft of torque from the Hyundai V6 powerplant. To handle this extra power, the brake calipers were upgraded for extra thermal capacity, and additional cooling ductwork was installed to ensure optimal brake performance at the summit’s extreme altitudes.