Millen Sets a New World Record and Takes This Year’s Victory With an Ascent Time Under 10 Minutes (9:46.164) to a 14,115 Foot Summit
PIKES PEAK, COLORADO, Aug 12, 2012 –Rhys Millen claimed nonetheless another universe record and altogether feat during a Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday. Millen set a blazing gait to a limit in his hillclimb-prepared Hyundai Genesis Coupe racecar, wanting usually 9:46.164 to make general motorsports’ many severe climb over 14,000 feet. For 2012, Millen’s possess competition team, Rhys Millen Racing (RMR), done additional opening enhancements to a stream world-record-setting Genesis Coupe, a unequivocally same automobile that set a Time Attack 2WD record final year with Rhys’ father, Rod Millen, during a wheel.
“This year, it unequivocally came together for a RMR group during Pikes,” pronounced Millen. “With a insights gained from a final few years in a Genesis Coupe, a group was means to make some high-impact improvements, leveraging additional downforce and traction opportunities supposing by a new all-tarmac surface. And behind a wheel, my knowledge during Pikes Peak over a years authorised me to trim a few tenths from probably each corner. Breaking a 10-minute separator is something I’ve always wanted to do, and it feels good to accomplish this idea in 2012.”
Not calm to rest on their laurels from final years’ victory, a RMR group hold zero behind in competition credentials for this year’s effort. Special concentration was given to maximizing a hold intensity of a new all-tarmac march and a extremely aloft normal speeds. A new aero package was fitted, targeting even some-more downforce to accommodate aloft speeds and additional hold mandate of new, ultra-wide, staggered fitment Hankook F200 racing slicks on tradition HRE lightweight wheels. The front splitter was redesigned for some-more strength and a back wing was redesigned for additional downforce, along with a wider back physique pack for stability. On a energy side, a new Garrett GTX3582 Turbocharger was fitted, agreeable an extraordinary 700 horsepower and 700 lb. ft. of torque from a Hyundai V6 powerplant. To hoop this additional power, a stop calipers were upgraded for additional thermal capacity, and additional cooling ductwork was commissioned to safeguard optimal stop opening during a summit’s impassioned altitudes. The whole automobile was scrutinized for weight rebate intensity and cessation settings were serve optimized for Millen’s singular rally/drift pushing techniques.
Rhys Millen Racing has been a group to contend with in new years during Pikes Peak. In 2011, Rhys scarcely pennyless a famed 10-minute separator in his dedicated PM580 tubeframe hillclimb racer. In a classical father/son family effort, Rhys’ father, Rod Millen, set a stream record in a same Genesis Coupe, carrying recently distinguished his 60th birthday, even violence a Porsche 911 GT2 RS. In 2009, Rhys had set a universe record for Time Attack 2WD in a Genesis Coupe, a commencement of a world-record-setting dynasty for a RMR team.