Hyundai, Rhys Millen to enter 900-hp racer at the 2013 Pikes Peak image

Hyundai has announced it will defend its world record in the Unlimited Class at the 2012 Pikes Peak with an all-new dedicated RWD race car.

The automaker renewed its partnership with Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) to defend its 2012 world record in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC). Scheduled for June 30, this year’s race will see Hyundai expand its presence at the world’s most renowned hillclimb race with a two-car effort.

One will be a new, purpose-built unlimited class rear-drive racecar, while the other will be the production-based Genesis Coupe that set the all-time record to the peak last year (9 minutes 46.164 seconds). “We’re certainly proud to renew our successful partnership with Rhys Millen Racing to take on the unique challenge of international motorsports known as Pikes Peak,” said Steve Shannon, vice president, marketing, Hyundai Motor America.

For 2013’s effort, Millen will produce and drive an all-new, ultra-lightweight, purpose-built racecar using major powertrain components from Hyundai’s production-based Lambda engine family. This powertrain is expected to produce over 900 horsepower and 800 lb-ft (1,084 Nm) of torque, while still making significant use of production components including the block, cylinder heads, bearings and engine accessories.

The racecar chassis will be enveloped by a Genesis Coupe-like silhouette to compete in the unlimited class. This 900-hp car will be accompanied by last years’ world-record-setting, production-based Genesis Coupe in the Time Attack 2WD class. The driver of the Genesis Coupe will be announced at a later date.