Rhys Millen is looking to obtain the Holy Grail of Pikes Peak racers by finally pulling off a 9-minute run up the infamous hillclimb course. When he first debuted the Hyundai-powered RMR PM580, jaws dropped and many knew if anyone was to pull off the feat, it would be someone with the last name of Millen.
Since it’s debut, the PM580 has undergone a few changes. The Hyundai Lambda V6 powerplant has been bored out to 4.1L while the race car still retains the stock block, heads and valvetrain. And while he still hasn’t been able to work out all the kinks with the transmission, Millen does have a back up plan of incorporating the sequential setup that he uses in his Genesis drift car.
Changes for this year’s race includes swapping out to a clutch-plate differential from a Torsen-type differential. This will aid in giving Millen more constant acceleration as he seeks out the 9-minute pass. Also from Hyundai is a power steering unit from a Sonata. For suspension, Millen has opted for new spring rates while the PM580 gets a stylish set of HRE wheels wrapped with softer Hankook rubber. Arguably most important though are the changes to the aerodynamics of the car with includes a new front splitter, intercooler scoop and a huge rear spoiler.
With 700-hp and 700 ft-lbs of torque coming out of the lightweight PM580, Millen looks to further the family legacy at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb by being the first to record a 9-minute pass.
Check out a video of the RMR PM580 after the break.