Hyundai Teams With Rockstar To Build A Nitrous-Infused Off-Road Monster

Hyundai doesn't like to do SEMA very quietly.

When it comes to forming and refining ideas, two heads are supposedly better than one. Increasingly, evidence has been mounting to suggest that this piece of old wisdom is actually true, especially when one of those heads is an energy drink company. Aston Martin proved that most recently when it announced its AM-RB-001 hypercar in collaboration with Red Bull’s F1 team. We haven’t heard too much about the hypercar, but in theory, it should be a knockout.

Now it seems that Hyundai has caught on the idea and went knocking on Rockstar’s door to help it make a show car for SEMA, because who else do you go to for crazy ideas than to the adrenaline-filled offices of Rockstar where break rooms are likely stocked with the caffeinated beverage. To help, Rockstar Performance Garage got ahold of a Santa Fe and tuned it to the high heavens. The Hyundai’s 3.3-liter V6 wasn’t exactly up to snuff, so messed around under the hood, adding a cold air intake, an upgraded cooling system, a Magnaflow exhaust, and of course, a nitrous system. Now the punchy little engine can deliver knockouts with some hefty (although undisclosed) power figures.

The resulting twist goes out all four 17” turbine bead-locked wheels, which happen to be wrapped in 35” Mickey Thompson Baja off-road tires. To cope with the massive wheels, the suspension was swapped for KING shocks arranged in a custom setup with a lift kit, new control arms, and new tie-rods. A 6 piston front and 4 piston rear braking system keeps the speed at bay, but when the challenge is terrain and not blind corners, there’s plenty of off-road hardware too. LED lights are found under the grille and embedded in the custom roof rack. A winch is available to help pull regular off-roaders out of the mud. Expect to see it in the metal during the first week of the SEMA show just before the LA Auto Show is set to kick off.

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