Venerable pro drift racer Rhys Millen got his first chance of the year to work toward becoming the next Formula DRIFT champion but came in second place.
Despite Millen losing out for the top spot, we get some excellent footage of his Hyundai Genesis drift car blowing clouds of tire smoke. In the video he tells us the car performed very well during the Streets of Long Beach race, which was the first on the 2012 Formula DRIFT schedule.
Aside from being great at driving sideways really fast, Millen also used to be a rally racer. He’s also been a Hollywood stunt driver in the past.
The car he’s currently driving uses a turbocharged version of the 3.8-liter V6 in Hyundai’s production Genesis Coupe, only it’s been bored out to 4.1 liters. It also makes 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. As you can see, that’s more than enough to light up the rear tires and keep them burning.
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