Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rhys "Mad Skills" Millen Gets First Formula Drift Podium for Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The 550 hp Hyundai Genesis Coupe came up big for the Formula Drift Competition in Long Beach this week.  World Champion driver, Rhys "Mad Skills" Millen,  still hasn't won with the Red Bull sponsored Genesis, but he managed to get second place on the podium against over 50 other drivers.

Other drivers included past Formula DRIFT Champions, Tanner Foust, drove an 800+ horsepower NASCAR-powered Scion TC and Samuel Hubinette, was behind the wheel of an 800+ horsepower USAC-powered Dodge Challenger.
After rushing to get the coupe ready for the season opener a year ago, Millen's team spent this past winter thoroughly going over the car. Hyundai's Lambda V6 now produces over 650 horsepower compared to the 480 hp it turned out last year. Vaughn Gittin Jr. was at the top of the podium with his new Ford Mustang.

"I was in sync with my Genesis Coupe during the entire campaign and step one was to qualify first," said Rhys Millen. "The car had so much grip and power I was able to put it close to the walls and mirror the other competitors' cars' every move. Nothing compares to the pressure and thrill of the 'win it or lose it' factor while competing against more than 50 other cars and drivers."

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