To showcase the power potential of Hyundai’s most popular performance car, Hyundai America Technical Center Inc. (HATCI) teamed up with Magnuson Products, Rhys Millen Racing, Harman International and Torvec Inc. to develop and build a special-edition prototype Genesis Coupe, the Genesis Hurricane SC.
HATCI, Hyundai’s design, technology and engineering branch, will display the high-performance Genesis Coupe in Hyundai’s 2011 SEMA Show booth, according to a press release.
The Genesis Hurricane SC represents a two-year development effort by HATCI, as its engineers worked to enhance all aspects of the vehicle including power, traction, braking, exterior and interior design and audio system.
Highlighting the performance modifications, HATCI teamed up with Magnuson Products to supercharge the Genesis Coupe’s 3.8-liter V-6 engine with a liquid-to-air intercooler, producing more than 450 hp.
“The HATCI and Magnuson supercharger demonstrates the high-performance potential of the Genesis Coupe’s V-6 engine. The car was engineered to handle this kind of extra power,” said David Dutko, senior engineer, HATCI. “Our HATCI engineers have been working for years with Magnuson to ensure high engine output is available on future Hyundai vehicles.”
In addition to the supercharged V-6, Torvec Inc. has been developing its IsoTorque differential with improved handling and traction capability with HATCI engineers at the Hyundai Proving Grounds in California, according to the release. The IsoTorque differential delivers nearly a 1-second-per-lap improvement in the Genesis Coupe on the Hyundai road course.
“The supercharger creates a modest 6 to 7 pounds of boost, which generates a 35- to 45-percent increase in horsepower and torque and can be easily modified to deliver even higher boost levels,” said Terry Peddicord, director, sales, Magnuson Products. “One of the many exciting aspects of this project is that the Genesis Hurricane SC is not just another pretty face for the show circuit, but rather it is a hardworking lab rat that will push the bounds of this car and the whole vehicle segment.”
Beyond the engine, Genesis Hurricane SC has a long list of interior and exterior specialty modifications. Hyundai’s long-standing racing partner Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) provided exterior enhancements including a front bumper, grille, hood, side skirts, diffuser and rear deck with spoiler.
RMR partners Enkei and Hankook provided the high performance 19-inch wheel and tire assemblies, a RMR free-flowing exhaust system and air intake was utilized to free-up more engine power. The vehicle also sports upgraded LED headlights and taillights provided by FlyRyde.
The Hurricane’s interior also received enhancements including a Harman International high-level Lexicon audio system that was tuned in house by HATCI engineers and Katzkin custom premium leather and suede seats accented with blue inserts.
Mechanically, the Hurricane SC has Bilstein monotube shock absorbers and springs with adjustable ride height tuned on the Nurburgring in Germany, and a Brembo 6-piston brake kit with cross-drilled front and rear rotors. The engine also received a SPEC lightweight single mass aluminum flywheel and stage two clutch, DeatschWerks high-flow fuel pump and 600cc injectors, Perma-Cool oil, differential and steering coolers and a custom CPR Fabrication billet aluminum oil filter adapter.