2015 SEMA Preview: Hyundai teases new Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Hyundai hopped on their PR wire to tease a new tuner concept they’re introducing at this year’s 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

It starts out life as  Veloster Turbo R-Spec and is then given to Blood Type Racing, who gives it a pretty wicked workover.

The modifications include a carbon-fiber wide body kit, complete with an aggressive front splitter and canards, “demon eye” colored headlights, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, and red-painted 19-inch SSR Professor TF1 wheels, wrapped in fancy Toyo Proxes R888 tires.

The tuner look also continues inside with a four-point roll-cage, four-point safety harnesses for the seats, a Sabelt steering wheel, and a Rockford Fosgate high-end audio system.

It’s also has some go to complement the show as Blood Type Racing also fiddled with the 1.6L turbocharged four-banger by fitting a large Garrett snail, a revised intake manifold, and even methanol/water injection. A custom-made intercooler gets fitted to help the snail function more efficiently, a sports-tuned exhaust system, and rebuilt internals to handle the stronger outputs. The result: 500hp.

Check out the press release after the jump.



FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 7, 2015 – Blood Type Racing Inc., the renowned Chicago-based tuner known for his extreme take on Korean vehicles, has revealed its Veloster Turbo R-Spec built for SEMA. The BTR Edition Veloster has an evil twist, designed to look as though it just switched over to the dark side. The car will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT, in Las Vegas.

The vehicle’s evil appearance began with a “Carbon Black” paint job, accented with a red racing stripe running from the front splitter up onto the hood. A carbon fiber wide-body kit gives the car a muscular, more aggressive stance, and front-mounted aero canards, front splitter and a rear deck spoiler provide down force at speed. Red accents on the custom SSR three-piece wheels, along with red projector “demon eye” headlamps add a final demonic touch to the vehicle’s exterior.

Using the Veloster’s 1.6-liter “Gamma” four-cylinder as a starting block, BTR added new cylinder sleeves, a high-boost turbocharger from Garrett, and custom connecting rods and pistons. With a retuned OEM ECU working in tandem with the strengthened engine internals, power output is now more than 500 horsepower, maintaining OEM drivability through use of Hyundai’s latest GDI technology. The interior has been stripped down and given the full, race-spec treatment with the addition of a four-point roll cage, Sabelt bucket seats, harnesses and steering wheel, along with audio upgrades from Rockford Fosgate and Tanabe OLED Revel gauges.

“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. “The engine tune on this vehicle is pushing the small-displacement motor to the edge. With a specific output of 312 horsepower/liter, we’re pushing this small displacement motor close to Formula 1 levels of performance. We’ve developed a number of internal components to help manage the power demands of this new engine, and paired with our hunkered-down suspension and aggressive exterior visuals, this Veloster is guaranteed to turn heads on the SEMA show floor.”

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Pavel’s Racing Engines (PRE) Custom Forged Pistons

PRE Custom Forged Connecting Rods

PRE Custom Sleeves

PRE Custom Bearings

PRE Custom Valve Springs

KMC Fabrication Custom Intake Manifold

Devils Own Methanol/Water Injection System

KMC Fabrication Custom Dump Tube

KMC Fabrication Custom Cat-less 3-in. Exhaust

Custom Front-Mount Intercooler

Garrett GTX3582R Dual Ball Bearing Turbo

KMC Fabrication Custom Sidewinder Turbo Manifold

Synapse Engineering Radial Blow Off Valve

Synapse Engineering Wastegate

Clutch Masters Upgraded Clutch 


BC Racing Coilovers

Pierce Motorsports Strut Tower Brace

Pierce Motorsports Under Body Brace

Pierce Motorsports Torsion Bar

Slotted and Dimpled Rotors

Performance Brake Pads

Upgraded Brake Lines

SSR Professor TF1 19×9.5-in. Wheels with Custom Red Face

Toyo Proxes R888 Tires

Tire Sticker.com “Toyo Tires” / “Proxes” permanent sticker


SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Wide Body Fender Kit

SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Front Canards

SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Side Skirt Covers

SoCal Garage Works Custom Front Grill

APR Carbon Fiber Front Lip

Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Hood

Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Rear Hatch

Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Hood Prop

Sequence Garage Devil’s Spoiler

Sequence Garage Rear Bumper Lip

Rally Armor Red Mud Flaps

BASF Carbon Black Paint

Genuine Hyundai Side Mirrors with Turn Indicators

Custom Diode Dynamics Headlights with Demon Eyes


Sabelt GT-130 Racing Seats

Sabelt Saloon 4-Point Harness

Sabelt SW-465 Steering Wheel

Pierce Motorsports 4-Point Roll Cage

BTR Custom Rear Seat Delete

BTR Custom Subwoofer Box

BTR Custom Trunk False Floor

BTR Custom Battery Trunk Relocation

Rockford Fosgate P3SD4-10 Shallow Subwoofers

Rockford Fosgate P1650 2-Way Coaxial Speakers

Rockford Fosgate P165-SI 2-Way Component Speakers

Rockford Fosgate P1000X5 Amplifier

Tanabe VLS OLED Boost Gauge

Tanabe VLS OLED Wideband AFR Gauge

– By: Chris Chin

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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