Hyundai Genesis Coupe drifter Rhys Millen interview by GT Chanell

Our friends over at the GT Chanel have found the time to interview Red Bull World Drift and Formula D Champion and now Hyundai factory driver Rhys Millen, and now that the Genesis coupe is running Hyundai power, to ask him about a little about the development of the RMR Hyundai Genesis Drift Coupe. Enjoy!


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  (231) posted on 05.14.2009

Although you have to take this as an accomplishment of Miller. He became the highest placed non-Japanese driver in the US round of the D1GP event in 2005, making it to the last 8 after beating Masato Kawabata, only to lose to Yasuyuki Kazama through a "One More Time" rerun. Millen’s father, Rod, also competes in drifting on occasion. In fact, Rod made his Formula D debut at the 2005 season finale at Irwindale, the same event where his son was crowned the champion. Like Father like son.

  (314) posted on 05.14.2009

Miller in fact became the first works backed driver from a car manufacturer with GM in 2004 after narrowly losing to Ken Nomura in the US D1 Grand Prix exhibition event in 2003.

  (318) posted on 05.14.2009

You what I like about this guy? Well he is just the first person to back-flip an off-road truck in the air. He landed off-balance, forcing his vehicle to flip on its side a few times after landing, but then walked away unharmed.
See, that’s more than drifting!

  (289) posted on 05.14.2009

yup and before he drives for Genesis. Millen has driven a Pontiac GTO drift car for three seasons (Winning in 2004 and 2005, but losing out to Hubinette in 2006) and a Pontiac Solstice for the 2007 D1 Season

  (421) posted on 05.14.2009

FYI: Besides racing, Millen is also a stunt driver for films such as The Dukes of Hazzard, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He also did the driving for the first Hyundai Genesis Coupe commercial.

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