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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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 28, 2016 – Hyundai Motor America and Bisimoto have again partnered for the SEMA show, this time developing a 1,040 horsepower, rear-drive “Santa-Fast” SUV. Bisimoto is well-renowned for awe-inspiring street, show and race vehicles. With no fear of the unknown, Bisimoto is always on the cutting edge of automotive technology, and the Bisimoto “Santa Fast” Santa Fe is no exception, pumping out the power from a flex-fuel turbocharged, Hyundai-based 3.8L Lambda V6 powerplant making reliable power, positioned longitudinally and driving the rear wheels.

“Bisimoto takes pleasure in making any vehicle fun to drive, even a larger SUV,” said 'Bisi Ezerioha, owner of Bisimoto. “Our Santa-Fast SUV is a proof-of-concept vehicle with driving capabilities that our customers can count on every day they turn the key.” The Bisimoto team worked exhaustingly on the custom rear-drive and six-speed manual transmission conversions to achieve an OEM-like appearance and function. Full boost for the powertrain is 39 psi, and a boost-per-gear protocol is used to allow for optimal traction.

Other key modifications to the “Santa-Fast” include:


Bisimoto-built Hyundai 3.8L engine, in climate-controlled engine-building clean room
Bisimoto custom twin-turbo kit and intercooler
AEM Electronics
Infinity 708 ECU
Boost-control solenoid
Fuel pressure regulator and flex-fuel sender
Arias 9.0:1 custom forged pistons, Bisimoto specification
Bisimoto-Web level 2.4 camshafts
PurOl “Elite Series” Synthetic Motor Oil, 5w30
PurOl Manual Transmission Fluid
GuldstandPro mil-spec wiring harness
Driftmotion Aluminum tubing
ARP Head studs, wheel studs, and bolts
Bisimoto custom exhaust system with dual-pulse chambers
Five-O racing 2200cc Injectors
Supertech valvetrain
Kinsler fuel filters
Golden Eagle sleeves
NGK Iridium spark plugs
Odyssey PC 950 battery
Brian Crower steel rods
Racepak IQ3 street dash
Twin Turbonetics TNX 30/56 Turbos
Dual RG45 wastegates
Godzilla blow-off valve
Spearco intercooler core
Vibrant Vanjen clamps and stainless steel hardware
WPC engine treatment and coatings
Goodridge Motorsport braided lines and plumbing
Performance tube bending mandrel hardware
Griffen dual-core radiator
TurboHot exhaust coatings

Custom Rothfab rear sub-frame conversion
Hyundai Equus rear differential
6-speed manual conversion, with Genesis R-Spec gearbox
Custom console-mounted shifter
Spec stage-5 clutch and aluminum flywheel
Custom Bisimoto axles and half shaft
KW coil-over suspension

Fifteen52, 19-inch Tarmac R40 Wheels
Toyo tires: R888 265/35R19
Buddy Club 4-piston brakes, with Bisimoto brackets

Denmatic design scheme
Gatorwraps auto wrap
Hyundai Genuine Accessories mudguards
Custom modified grill

Momo Daytona EVO seats
Bisimoto reservoir socks
4-point chromo roll cage
Crow restraint harnesses

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and In-Vehicle Service Scheduling.