If a Kiwi and a Korean car maker seem like an odd couple, you haven't been paying attention the past few years. Few brand-driver partnerships have seemed to fit so well, in fact, and the duo will continue for the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship in 2012.
Millen's brand of hoonage seems to fit well with Hyundai's youth-oriented image for cars like the Veloster and Genesis Coupe--both cars that have been converted to drifting
or racing use by Millen. For 2012, a re-tuned and updated Veloster will be his ride of choice.
Like the Ford Fiesta, Dodge Dart
and other compact cars the Veloster will face in competition, the racing version doesn't share much with its production basis; all-wheel drive, 500-plus horsepower, and boost measured in atmospheres, rather than PSI, are the name of the game.
If you're not familiar with the sport of Global RallyCross
, you should be. Or at least you should be if you like rally cars racing wheel-to-wheel on what look like super motocross courses. Jumps, crashes, and crazy speeds all enclosed in an arena for easy viewing? Yep, we like it.
Millen will take on a full slate of GRC events, seven in total, as he seeks the championship.