Through the years, the Hyundai Veloster has gotten better. When it first debuted, it was underpowered and didn’t perform nearly as well as it looked. As time went on, however, Hyundai added the Turbo model and the Turbo R-Spec, which pushed the model to a level of performance that better matched its looks. Today, Hyundai is showing its fans just what the Veloster Turbo R-Spec can do with the Blood Type Racing Edition Veloster that it created for SEMA.
In partnership with Blood Type Racing, Hyundai doused the Veloster Turbo R-Spec in a Carbon Black exterior hue with a red racing stripe. Giving this Veloster a sinister look is a carbon-fiber wide-body kit, front-mounted canards, a front splitter, and a rear deck spoiler. Also setting this model apart are SSR three-piece wheels with red accents, red projector headlights, a carbon-fiber hood, rear hatch and hood prop, and red mud flaps.
Inside the cabin, this Veloster Turbo R-Spec gets a dose of customization. The new bits include Sabelt GT racing seats, a four-point harness, a Sabelt steering wheel, a four-point roll cage, rear seat elimination, Tanabe boost gauge and wideband AFR gauge, and a custom stereo system with a custom subwoofer box, and Rockford Fosgate two-way coaxial speakers, two-way component speakers, a shallow subwoofer and amplifier.
All these stunning looks are nothing compared to what Hyundai and BTR have done to the 1.6-liter under the Veloster Turbo R-Spec’s hood. Under here, the team installed forged pistons and connecting rods, custom sleeves, custom bearings, custom valve springs, a custom-built intake manifold, a water/methanol injection system, a custom dump pipe, a cat-less 3-inch exhaust system, a custom front intercooler, a Garrett dual ball-bearing turbocharger, a sidewinder turbo manifold, a blow-off valve, and a new wastegate. All of this adds up to a 1.6-liter four-pot that bangs out more than 500 horsepower.
To help the manual transmission handle this extra power Hyundai and BTR added a Clutch Masters upgraded clutch,
Cornering was another focus of the team, and they did plenty to help this hot hatchback in the corners. They installed BC Racing coilovers, a strut-tower brace, under-body brace and torsion bar from Pierce Motorsports, and Toyo Proxes R888 tires. Helping in the braking department are dimpled rotors and performance brake pads.
Hyundai hasn’t released official performance stats for this insane Veloster, but we should learn this and more at the SEMA show, which kicks off on November 3rd. AS with most SEMA cars, this is simply a canvas for showing of performance parts, and sadly, it will never become a production model.