A crossover with over 1,000 horsepower is the perfect addition to this year's SEMA Show.

If Santa Claus’ sleigh isn’t quick enough this year for delivering toys to kids around the world, Old Saint Nick should considering borrowing the Santa-Fast from Hyundai. The highly modified Santa Fe packs a ludicrous 1,040 horsepower (776 kilowatts), and the crimson paint even fits Kris Kringle’s style.

The Santa-Fast is the result of Hyundai and Bisimoto teaming up again for a wild custom vehicle for displaying at the SEMA Show. The tuners install a build a unique 3.8-liter V6 with new pistons, upgraded cams, and stronger connecting rods. The extra strength is necessary to handle a biturbo arrangement that runs at a maximum 39 psi (2.7 bar).

Unlike the standard Santa Fe, the Santa-Fast is purely rear-wheel drive. Bismoto engineers a unique setup with a six-speed manual gearbox that sends power to the rear differential from a Hyundai Equus. Drivers can slam through the gears through a custom console-mounted shifter. Four-piston brakes make sure this crossover has stopping power that’s on par with its ability to accelerate.

So far, Hyundai only has a rendering of the final design. There’s now a huge cutout in the grille for feeding air to the intercooler. The crossover also hunkers down over a set of 19-inch wheels. We look forward to seeing this beast at the SEMA Show that runs from November 1 through 4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We also hope Hyundai releases a video showing how quickly the 1,040-hp engine can hustle the crossover. 

Last year, Bisimoto’s Tucson with over 700 hp (522 kW) showed that the company could build quite a potent crossover. In 2013, the tuner really proved that it was able to get big power out of a Hyundai by taking a Genesis Coupe to 1,000 hp (745 kW). The two-door used a similar powertrain as the Santa-Fast by fitting a 3.8-liter V6 with a biturbo conversion.

Source: Hyundai


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