Nica Onate / Newspress USA | November 02, 2016 14:58
Nitrous-based Rockstar Santa Fe Concept off-roader revealed
Hyundai Motor America and Rockstar Peformance Garage have collaborated to develop a nitrous-powered Rockstar Santa Fe Concept off-roader for this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
“Rockstar conveys its endless brand energy in everything we do. Our Rockstar Santa Fe Concept is simultaneously all-show and all-go, a non-compromising concept with tremendous capabilities and a confident demeanor to match," said Nick Ashby, lead developer of the Rockstar concept vehicle.
The Rockstar Santa Fe Concept features Rock sliders and bumper, custom roof rack, headlamps and taillamps, as well as LED lighting by Bulldog. It rides on a 17-inch off-road KMC XD 301 Turbine bead-lock wheels and Mickey Thompson Baja Claw 35-inch off-road tires. Inside, it is fitted with a Kicker audio system and a roadwire custom leather design.
The Rockstar Performance Garage decided to overhaul the suspension using new tie-road and control arms that allows the Santa Fe to drive on off-road terrain. The front is equipped with 2.0 King coil-overs and 2.5 King shocks at the rear. Also, to quickly stop the Santa Fe, the team used a big brake system with six-piston calipers in front and four-piston units in the rear.
The modified Santa Fe is powered by a Hyundai-based 3.3L Lambda V6 engine driving all four wheels. The off-road look is further enhanced by a lift kit and all-terrain tires.
Other amenities include: Mishimoto cooling system, nitrous-oxide injection system, custom suspension setup with new tie-rods and control arms, nology high-performance wires , and wheel clearance expansion setup.