Driving under the Ford / Mazda Team banner for the 2nd year running, I was confident that we're going to win the STV Auto Rally...again. Called to defend the championship title after a successful finish in the 2010 edition of the Auto Rally Corporate Challenge (ARCC), I had two new crew members on board for this year's rally. Completing the Kotse.com family, Ferman Lao now took the driver's seat while Jade Lu did all the numbers, and I was in charge of directions once more. Our trio headed into battle last March 5, which began at the Subic International Airport, looking good in a hot chili orange Ford Fiesta hatchback.
Words by Kevin Siy | Photos courtesy of the Hyundai Motor Company
The advent of Hyundai's 2012 Veloster coupe defines a new level of excitement. In contrast to other rival subcompact vehicles, its unorthodox three-door layout and bold accented curvatures, plus the 140 horsepower 1.6 liter engine, is totally game-changing. And the tantalizing prospect does not end here. Hyundai recently entered the sport of rallycross under the aegis of Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) and Red Bull; only evoking more intensity to the already growing heap of anticipation.
“The Veloster Concept inspired me to expand Hyundai’s motorsports program back into their routes of rally,” said Millen, professional race driver and founder of RMR. “We’ve transformed the Veloster’s lightweight, rigid architecture into a rally car with an engine producing 500-horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. We hope some of the performance learning’s from the Veloster rallycross program have a role in the development of future Veloster models.”