RMR's Hyundai Genesis PM580 race car.

Built by Rhys Millen Racing (RMR), the PM580 will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 27th. Looking like a Le Mans prototype, it features a tubular frame chassis, a carbon fiber body, and a Brembo braking system.

Power is provided by a turbocharged 4.1-liter V6 engine with up to 750 hp (559 kW / 760 PS). Connected to a Weismann semi-automatic AWD transmission, power is channeled to the ground via an active center differential. It allows for a "10-100 percent torque split to the front wheels" which is important "because the course changes from asphalt to dirt multiple times."

If everything goes according to plan, Rhys Millen will complete the 12.42 mile (20 km) course in less than 10 minutes.

Rhys Millen Racing said the RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580 is patterned after "a modern Le Mans-style car." It has a target weight of 1,850 pounds and is powered by a 3.8-liter Hyundai Lambda turbocharged V6 stroked to 4.1 liters. Although Hyundai skirted the issue of precise engine specifications, the automaker said that "current engine testing shows the engine is capable of producing 750 horsepower, which is more than needed to tackle the mountain." It also noted that to have a competitive power-to-weight ratio, the team feels "the car will need to produce 675 horsepower."

The Hyundai Neos introduced at the 2000 Paris Motor Show was a stunning and dynamic concept designed to show the world that Hyundai could produce interesting and technically advanced cars.

NEOS stands for New Evolution Open Sportscar. Its design and styling took inspiration for vehices like the Plymouth prowler. The mid-mounted 2-liter engine was capable of producing 250 horsepower. The body was created of aluminum and composite.

Reminiscent of Plymouth's Prowler, the Neos is an eye-catching hot rod. The open-wheeled roadster created quite a stir at the Paris Auto Show where it was unveiled. An acronym for New Evolution Open Sports Car, the Neos is powered by a mid-mounted, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces a ripping 250 horsepower @ 8,200 rpm (estimated).

The central objective of the Neos design engineers was to make the exotic roadster as light as possible to get maximum power from the engine. This was accomplished by using an aluminum and thermoplastic composite for the body construction and adding carbon fiber for rigidity. Gull wing doors, the oversized open wheels and tires and its huge air scoops lend racing attitude to the Neos' startling design. And, taking the push-button ignition used in the Honda S2000 one step further, the Neos is started using a data-encoded card key.

This concept was designed by Shane Baxley from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. It is called Aebulle ("aebulle" means "cocoon" in Korean) and represents a futuristic three-wheeler vehicle with an electric powertrain and a magnesium frame.

"The main idea was to design a personal vehicle that delivers the mobility and speed of a motorcycle while offering the safety that a cocoon offers a butterfly. The Aebulle is targeted for the Los Angeles region where it would utilize the commuter lanes allowing its occupant a quick commute."

The concept was designed to be powered by compact in-wheel electric motors coupled with lithium batteries stored in the floor of the vehicle. It’s front wheels are connected to separate independent swing arms that allow the Aebulle to glide around corners. The body is made up of an aluminum frame and the "windshield" is made up of aluminum oxynitride glass. The whole top of the three-wheeler lifts up, taking with it the center console and allowing the passenger to make his exit.

Shane Baxley

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