Controversy broke out a few weeks ago when it became known that Rhys Millen’s Hyundai Genesis Coupe drift car didn’t have the manufacturer’s 3.8 Liter Lambda V6 under the hood. Instead the RMR Genesis Coupe competed in the first round of Formula D competition with a Nissan sourced VQ series V6. Now the majority of the Formula D cars in the paddock have all sorts of Frankenstein engine/chassis combinations, but because Rhys is running a factory backed program, this was a no-no.
It is easy to understand that the former World Drifting and Formula D Champion knows a thing or two about the sport, and understands the necessity for a bulletproof power train under the harsh conditions of the sport. Due to the fact that the partnership was not official until right before the season opener in Long Beach, we can forgive Rhys for trying to pull a fast one.
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Because of this incident it is uncertain what engine RMR was tuning on the dyno in our earlier post, when we reported about the 4.1 Liter boosted V6. However, for anyone who has done any kind of machining or welding check out the gallery to appreciate the work it took to mate Hyundai’s Lambda V6 to the HKS sequential tranny.
However Rhys has confirmed with Autoblog that the Genesis Coupe is now Hyundai powered making 480 HP and 570 lb-ft of torque on just 9 psi of boost, and will be the engine competing at round 2 of the Formula DRIFT season this weekend at Road Atlanta.