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The Hyundai Veloster Turbo you don’t want to mess with

Anyone who’s driven the Hyundai Veloster Turbo will know it’s a nippy machine, but hardly the sort to make you leave a mess on the seat. But this example will.

Chicago-based Korean car tuning specialist Blood Type Racing created the Hyundai Veloster ‘Turbo R-Spec’ because it wanted to make the standard car faster and look more angry, according to Top Gear.

So it went about turning the pooch into a snarling beast by tuning the 1.6-litre engine to 500bhp using a lengthy list of custom parts including a Garrett dual ball-bearing turbo, forged pistons and connecting rods, custom intercooler, new exhaust and a bespoke ECU.

Blood Type Racing also added a stronger clutch to cope with the power hike, a new turbo manifold and various other bits and bobs that go with increasing the level of forced induction to ridiculous levels.

The Turbo R-Spec Veloster has been made to do more than go fast in a straight line, mind you, thanks to a new torsion bar, upgraded brakes and 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in grippy Toyo tyres.

As you would expect from a tuning special, it also features subwoofers to annoy old people from two miles away, race harnesses to keep you in place, more gauges than you’ve had hot dinners and that unmistakably aggressive wide-body kit painted in black with red detailing.

These days it’s becoming common for surprisingly small engines to yield surprisingly big outputs, owing to clever turbo systems, but 500bhp from a 1,6-litre really is something.

The 500bhp Veloster will be on show at the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas later this year. It follows in the footsteps of Blood Type Racing’s Hyundai Genesis from 2014, which featured 1,000bhp.

No word yet on whether you can chuck money at Blood Type Racing for this particular tuning kit to make your Veloster Turbo just as frightening. We’ll keep you posted.


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