Hyundai and Rhys Millen Rac­ing join forces

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Hyundai and Rhys Millen Rac­ing are again join­ing forces to cre­ate a ground­break­ing new team for the 2014 Global Ral­lyCross Cham­pi­onship se­ries.

For 2014, Hyundai and Rhys Millen Rac­ing con­tinue their as­sault on dirt- and tar­mac-based cir­cuits through­out North Amer­ica with highly-tuned Veloster Turbo ral­lycross cars. The new two-car team will fea­ture Pikes Peak cham­pion and vet­eran racer Rhys Millen, with New Zealand rally cham­pion Emma Gil­mour be­hind the wheel of the sec­ond Veloster race­car.

“We can’t wait for the 2014 Global Ral­lyCross sea­son to get started with our new team and freshly-tuned Veloster Turbo racers,” Hyundai Mo­tor Amer­ica vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing Steve Shannon said.

“Global Ral­lyCross is the per­fect rac­ing se­ries for the com­pact, funto-drive Veloster, and the Rhys Millen Rac­ing Velosters are sure to be pushed to the limit ev­ery race this sea­son with rally vet­er­ans like Rhys and Emma at the helm.

“We’re proud to team up with two driv­ers known for their pre­ci­sion and con­sis­tency, and we are es­pe­cially ex­cited to give Emma the op­por­tu­nity to be the first fe­male driver in Global Ral­lycross.”

The fully race-pre­pared Rhys Millen Rac­ing Veloster Ral­lycross turbo en­gine gen­er­ates more than 450 kW peak horse­power from its four-cylin­der tur­bocharged and in­ter­cooled pow­er­plant, for ex­plo­sive ac­cel­er­a­tion out of cor­ners.

This year, en­hance­ments have been made in­clud­ing an up­sized tur­bocharger, waste­gate con­trol, ECU tun­ing, and Wig­gins turbo clamps, XTRAC cen­tre dif­fer­en­tial, hand­brake hy­draulic cou­pler and hand­brake lever, Reiger Rac­ing in­ter­nal bump­stop struts with roller bear­ings and roll con­trol and new Veloster Turbo ral­lycross front and rear fas­cia with new rear wing de­sign.

World Cham­pion driver Rhys Millen said the Global Ral­lycross se­ries held great op­por­tu­ni­ties to lever­age valu­able rac­ing and tech­ni­cal ex­pe­ri­ence earned by the team in re­cent years.

“I’m es­pe­cially proud to have Emma as a team­mate; with many top rally driv­ers hail­ing from New Zealand, her con­sis­tent top per­for­mance is sure to im­press at ev­ery stage of the se­ries,” Mr Millen.

New team­mate, New Zealand rally vet­eran, Emma Gil­mour said Rhys was known world­wide for his pre­cise and con­sis­tent rally skills.

“It’s a true priv­i­lege to be the first fe­male driver in the GRC se­ries, and I’m con­fi­dent my per­for­mance will open up more op­por­tu­ni­ties for a num­ber of great fe­male rally driv­ers in the fu­ture,” Ms Gil­mour said.

For a full run­down on a road ready Veloster or any other Hyundai ve­hi­cles call into Shep­par­ton Hyundai, Be­nalla Rd. Or phone the show­room on 5822 5877.

The new two-car team will fea­ture Pikes Peak cham­pion and vet­eran racer Rhys Millen, with New Zealand rally cham­pion Emma Gil­mour be­hind the wheel of the sec­ond Veloster race­car

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