Hennessey Hyundai Genesis Carbon Coupe coming to SEMA

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

Hyundai Motor America has entered into a partnership with Hennessey Performance Engineering and Tuner School to create a strong entry to bring to the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association Show. With this, Hyundai hopes to show that the Genesis Coupe has good aftermarket potential.

The result is the Hennessey Genesis Carbon Coupe which has a carbon fiber and matte black wrap and designed to have that European look with the performance to match it. The Hennessey Genesis Carbon Coupe will be exhibited during the auto show held from November 3 to 6, 2009 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

It will be seen at Hyundai’s booth (#24387). The Tuner School was established by John Hennessey, HPE president. This consists of a 14-week program wherein students are taught how to succeed in the automotive aftermarket.

It was founded to give students this once-in-a-lifetime chance to refine their craft, learn from the professionals in the industry and hopefully start a career in this particular industry. Hennessey shared that the architecture of the Genesis Coupe made it the best platform to be used by Tuner School students and even tuners who want to make their own improvements to their vehicles.

With the visually appealing matter carbon fiber wrap and the standard for high-end performance, it truly is a monster SEMA car, he continued. Both HPE and the Tuner School hope to overwhelm those attending the SEMA with the Genesis Coupe which can deliver 500 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, have maximum torque of 465 lb.-ft., and run from 0 to 60 in just 30 seconds as well as run a quarter mile in 12.5 seconds.

All of these were made possible through a number of modifications done on the engine. These include, among many additions, the Hennessey Custom Single Turbo System, Tial blow-off valve and 44 mm wastegate, HKS boost controller, Precision 66 mm ball bearing turbocharger, and the upgraded fuel pump and injectors.

Product Planning manager of Hyundai Motor America Michael Deitz said that by being able to partner with John Hennessey and his Tuner School, they can prove the potential of the RWD Genesis Coupe. Given that it can offer 500 horsepower, enabling the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds, the company hopes that this car will be SEMA’s top star.

The exterior meanwhile displays lightweight Savini wheels that have chrome lips and silver centers, lightweight Brembo rotors, and Eibach springs. Hennessey’s Tuner School has a curriculum that engages students with classroom education and practical hands-on experience.

What makes it unique though is that the school is part of HPE's facility that measures more than 30,000 square feet. Thus the students are able to see the day-to-day operations. The curriculum includes topics that focus on horsepower like building an engine, dyno testing, and even forced induction.

As such, the school allows it to cover a wide-range of topics like building and modifying what can be considered as some of the world’s fastest cars. Students who are part of the program get a chance to be in an excellent position to be familiar with every aspect of high-performance automotive industry.

Press Release


Demonstrating the wide range of aftermarket potential for the Genesis Coupe, Hyundai Motor America has partnered with Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) and the Tuner School to develop a powerful entry for this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The matte black, carbon fiber-wrapped Hennessey Genesis Carbon Coupe is designed with a high-end European look and performance capabilities to match. The vehicle will be in Hyundai’s display at the Las Vegas Convention Center Nov. 3–6, 2009 (booth # 24387).

Founded by HPE president John Hennessey, Tuner School is a 14-week program dedicated to teaching its students the secrets to success in the high-performance automotive aftermarket. It was established as a way to offer its students a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hone their craft, learn from professionals in the field, and springboard their career in the aftermarket industry.

“The Genesis Coupe architecture is the ideal platform for tuners looking to make everyday modifications to their vehicles and our students at the Tuner School took full advantage,” said Hennessey. “The visually stunning complete carbon fiber matte black wrap and high-end performance benchmarks create a monster SEMA car.”

HPE and the Tuner School will blow away the SEMA crowd with its Genesis Coupe achieving 500 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, 465 lb-ft of torque, an estimated 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds and a quarter mile time of 12.5 seconds. These aggressive performance capabilities were accomplished through a variety of engine modifications. The Genesis Carbon Coupe features a Hennessey Custom Single Turbo System, Precision 66 mm ball bearing turbocharger, Tial blow-off valve and 44 mm wastegate, a HKS boost controller and upgraded injectors and fuel pump, among other additions.

“To work with a leading tuner such as John Hennessey and his Tuner School is a testament to the potential of our rear-wheel-drive Genesis Coupe,” said Michael Deitz, manager, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “With its 500 horsepower and 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds we expect this vehicle to be one of the stars of SEMA.”

On the outside, SEMA Show attendees will find Savini lightweight wheels with chrome lips and silver centers, Eibach springs and Brembo lightweight rotors.

Tuner School's unique curriculum immerses its students in a combination of classroom education and hands-on experience, all while surrounded by the day-to-day operations of HPE's 30,000+ square-foot facility. Spanning a range of horsepower-induced topics, including engine building, forced induction and dyno testing, Tuner School covers all aspects of building and modifying some of the fastest cars in the world. With dozens of high-horsepower vehicles coming and going, students are placed in a rare position to experience every nuance of working within a high-performance automotive business.

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