Long-time Hyundai spokesman Rhys Millen earned his name as a rally driver before turning to pro drifting as a way to make a living. That is, of course, on top of being a Hollywood stunt driver, Pike’s Peak competitor or Global RallyCross Championship contender behind the wheel of his new Hyundai Veloster.
For the 2012 Formula Drift Series, Millen will return to action in an all-new 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, purpose-built for the series. Unlike the Genesis Coupes you can buy from Hyundai (which pack up to 348 horsepower when fitted with the 3.8-liter V-6), Millen’s car will send over 600 horsepower to the rear wheels.
Don’t think that Millen’s Genesis Coupe uses an exotic engine, either. Although Hyundai doesn’t specify the displacement (or number of cylinders), it does point out that Millen’s car uses a production engine block, heads and other components. Millen’s 2013 Genesis Coupe will make its competition debut this weekend in Long Beach, California.
Vaughn Gittin, Jr. will be getting a new ride for the 2012 Formula Drift season as well. As you’d expect, he’s back in a 2013 Ford Mustang RTR, but this one’s been built as a collaboration between Ford Racing and NASCAR’s Roush Yates Racing.
That’s no 5.0-liter V-8 lurking underneath the hood; instead, Gittin’s engine of choice is a 6.7-liter V-8, tuned to produce some 845 horsepower. That makes this the most powerful car that Gittin has ever campaigned, and it should be able to quickly convert the Falken rear tires to crowd-pleasing smoke.
Gittin will be running his 2013 Mustang RTR against Millen’s new Genesis Coupe this weekend, and we’ll know soon enough if that much more horsepower makes a difference in the sport of Formula Drift