Hyundai Genesis Coupe starts Formula D season

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genesis coupe

When Rhys Millen debuted the new Hyundai Genesis Coupe

at the season’s first Formula Drift event at Long Beach, not all was what it seemed. When the factory-supported drift program was announced in February at the Chicago Auto Show, it was still in its formative stages. The original press release noted that the car would be powered by a stroked and turbocharged 4.1-liter version of Hyundai’s Lambda V6 cranking out 550 hp. However, Hyundai didn’t give final approval for the drift program with Millen’s team until mid-January, at which point work began in earnest. 

The car shown in Chicago and later at the press introductions for the Genesis Coupe was a stock car with modified bodywork to show what the race car would look like. As it turns out, the three month span between program approval and the Long Beach event wasn’t enough time to get a brand new car and powertrain ready. A reader sent us a tip letting us know that the car that ran in California did not, in fact, have a Hyundai engine installed. Read on to find out what happened.

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~ by Rud3Boy89 on April 18, 2009.

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