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Hyundai Australia is making a serious statement at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show. Not content with just one concept showing, the Australian-based arm of the Korean automaker is presenting another one in the form of the Veloster Race Concept.

The car, which was developed in the country, is the company’s take on a new race car that was designed and engineered to meet FIA and CAMS tarmac rally competition regulations. Short of saying, this baby is ready for some racing.

The Veloster Race Concept is based on a Veloster Turbo and has been stripped down and rebuilt to become a full fledged rally car. Among the more notable modifications done to the car are a number of rally-spec components, including the installation of Kevlar high-performance fuel lines, a new DMS four-way adjustable suspension, competition brake pads from Project Mu, Super Pro brushes, and a new set of 18" Team Dynamics race wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tires.

Inside, you’ll find no traces of a production Veloster Turbo. In place of all those goodies, Hyundai Australia opted for a carbon fiber-clad interior that comes with Recaro carbon seats and multi-point three-inch seat belts, a Sparco race steering wheel, an anti-glare dashboard, and most importantly, a CAMS-FIA-compliant roll cage.

Under the hood, the Veloster Race Concept carries a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

All told, Hyundai is prepping the Veloster Race Concept as a car that’s ready to plow its trade in a number of racing series, including the Australian Production GT and the Australian Rally Championship.

Sounds like its ready to roll to us, too.

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Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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