Hyundai has been hyping up their new N sub-brand, which will focus on a lineup of athletic performance cars. The company recently released a teaser for the new Hyundai i30 N sports car, showcasing the vehicle being test-driven at the Nurburgring track alongside the announcement that the production model will come with all-wheel-drive and the Theta 2.0-liter turbo engine.
Coincidentally, the beautiful Highland Scenic Highway has been given a new self-guided tour for drivers in the area.
Designed and put together by Terry Hackney, whose Lens Creek Studios are located in the nearby Fort Ashby, this tour features five informational kiosks and seventy-six interpretive markers along the highway that indicate points of interest to passersby. In addition, Hackney has made an audio disc titled “43 Miles of Discovery” than can be played at eighteen different points of interest along the Highland Scenic Highway by drivers taking the self-guided tour.
Once Hyundai’s i30 N is available to the public, the Highland Scenic Highway would be an ideal location for a day trip – imagine cruising in the powerful sports car and listening to fascinating information on the area’s history, geology, and biology as you pass through this heavily forested area. The entire highway is devoid of billboards or any other marker of civilization, making it the perfect place to get away for a bit.
Designed for use as a practical, everyday commuting vehicle during the week and outdoor adventuring on the weekends, the Adventuremobile comes in an army-green shade that distinctly recalls the feel of vintage all-terrain recon vehicles and is equipped with a 1.5-inch suspension lift and 17-inch wheels. LED lighting and roof-rack mounts and bars that come with a roof-mounted tent increase the outdoorsy practicality of the modified Tucson.
The Hyundai Tucson Adventuremobile also sports an upgraded engine, interior, sound system, and brakes. The custom job was a unique look at the Tucson, its personalization options, and the vehicle’s versatility, in line with the overall spirit of the SEMA show, which focuses on creativity and accessorizing instead of just showing off standard models.
Blood Type Racing (BTR), a Chicago-based tuner known best for its extreme enhancements to Korean vehicles, has previewed its Veloster Turbo R-Spec built just for SEMA. Although the SEMA-bound Veloster Turbo won’t be officially revealed until Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3rd, BTR and Hyundai have revealed a very sinister-looking drawing of the sports car.
On the outside, BTR gave the Veloster Turbo a “Carbon Black” paint job with a red racing strip from the front splitter onto the hood. They then added a carbon fiber wide-body kit for a more masculine, aggressive stance, a rear deck spoiler, and front-mounted aero canards.
The Veloster Turbo is powered by a stock Hyundai-sourced 1.6-liter turbo four, and BTR added high-boost turbocharger manufactured by Garrett, new cylinder sleeves, custom connecting rods and pistons, and a custom-designed intake manifold. The result is a 500-horsepower spit-fire.
Though we haven’t yet seen the inside, we assume this Veloster Turbo is just as decked out and sinister inside as it is outside.
“The focus of this build was to boost the performance capabilities of the Veloster R-Spec while creating one of the angriest-looking Hyundai vehicles to chew up the pavement,” said Sam Lee, Director of Marketing, Blood Type Racing, Inc. in a statement.
Here at Joe Holland Hyundai, we’ll be staying tuned for the official reveal of this aggressive-looking Hyundai Veloster. Check back for more updates after November 3rd!