The Hill climbing Bull
Rhys Millen wants to break the Pikes Peak hill-climb record, and he’s partnering with Hyundai to build the unique weapon you see here. The current record holder, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, set his time of 10:01.408 in a purpose-built Suzuki Sport “XL7” that had about as much to do with a real Suzuki as Millen’s does with any Genesis.
While Hyundai doesn’t specify, we guess this would technically be a Genesis Coupe. It will be entered into the Unlimited class which, just as it sounds, puts no limits on weight, power, or tires. The body—similar to Tajima’s Suzuki in profile—is rendered in carbon fiber, helping the team meet its target weight of 1850 pounds. An active rear wing reduces drag on the straights and goes into action during cornering and braking, while diffusers front and rear channel air under the car.
The RMR PM580 Genesis, as it’s officially known, is powered by a 3.8-liter Hyundai V-6 that has been stroked to 4.1 liters. It’s turbocharged and intercooled and now makes 750 hp, or nearly 2.5 times the engine’s output in the street-going Coupe. The turbocharger will help keep the power levels up while this one-off makes its way up to the thin air at the 14,110-foot summit. An all-wheel-drive system with an active center diff is able to send anywhere from 10 to 100 percent of the power to the front wheels. The 12.42-mile road up the mountain has recently and gradually been paved in several sections, making the course slightly different each year, and Millen says the car has been designed to cope with the varying road surfaces.
Millen drove a Genesis Coupe that actually looked like a Genesis Coupe at last year’s Pikes Peak hill climb. He used that car to set the record for the Time Attack 2WD class and aims to break the 10-minute barrier with the PM580, bringing the Pikes Peak record back to the Millen family—Rhys’s father, Rod, held the record for 13 years until Tajima broke it in 2007. The elder Millen’s time stands as the fastest before paving began on the mountain.