There has to be a certain amount of thrill in the ride and insanity in the mind to race up a mountain at incredible speeds. There also has to be an extreme amount of talent to achieve such a feat. Rhys Millen has that talent and, together with Hyundai and his team, will be showcasing it at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Unlimited Class in none other than his LeMans-style PM580 racing prototype.
The PM580 is powered by a 4.1-liter Hyundai Lambda turbocharged V6 engine capable to deliver (as current tests show) a total of 750 hp. The car will feature a carbon fiber aerodynamic body with an active rear wing. The wing will create less drag in the straight-aways and more stability in cornering and braking. Active wings are outlawed in other forms of racing.
The RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580 will use an active center differential. This differential will allow a 10 to 100 percent torque split to the front wheels. This is important because the course changes from asphalt to dirt multiple times and allows the Genesis PM580 to have more than one set up on the 12.42-mile course. The car will be ideal on the mixed surface at Pikes Peak. The Genesis PM580 addresses a fundamental reason on perhaps why the 10-minute record has not fallen. Most race cars do not work well on both dirt and asphalt.
Millen will be trying to defeat a record of 10:01.41 set by Nobuhiro Tajima in 2007 with his Suzuki XL7 Hill Climb Special and will also be trying to reclaim the record for the Millen family. Prior to Tajima’s race, the record was held by Rod Millen, Rhys’ father, for a total of 13 years before it was overtaken. We are sure there will be a certain amount of pride pushing that PM580 in the race to the clouds.
UPDATE 06/01/2010: Watch Rhys Millen as he provides a walk-through of his RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580. Just click on the photo above.
Press release after the jump.