The South Korean manufacturer is well aware of the kind of audience it can grab during the SEMA event in Las Vegas, and is among the automakers with huge displays – and it naturally needs products to populate them.
We recently saw the Rockstar-inspired Santa Fe Sport also going on display at SEMA, but it’s now time to give up the off-road chops in exchange for plain old tarmac fun. This arrives in the form of a deeply modified Elantra Sport from Blood Type Racing, with the focus being on high performance but also daily drivability. “Building upon the well-developed Elantra Sport platform, powertrain and design fundamentals, we’ve given enthusiasts a new vision of where this affordable sport compact wants to go,” comments Sam Lee, product manager at Blood Type Racing.
The changes are clearly impressive – the stock 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine now has methanol injection, a cold-air intake and new exhaust, along with custom engine tuning. Handling has been improved via an HSD coilover suspension, new sway bars, a strut tower brace, and a chassis brace, complete with larger brakes. The visuals meanwhile are supported with a very aggressive body kit from Aerotek, complete with huge wing out back.