The VelosterRaptor N Concept and Kona Ultimate Concept embody mild and wild upgrades.
The 2019 SEMA Show is nearly upon us, and it seems nobody wants to miss the party. Hyundai just announced a couple of curious concepts it will field at the aftermarket automotive gala, including a mildly modified Veloster the automaker says is a Type-R killer, and a not-so-mildly modified Kona that looks nothing like the soft-roader we’ve come to know.
We’ll start by talking about the Veloster. Hyundai teamed up with Bisimoto Engineering to create the curiously named VelosterRaptor N Concept. We get the wordplay, but thanks to a host of bolt-on performance upgrades, it has some actual bite. The engine benefits from a tweaked turbocharger, a high-flow exhaust, water methanol kit, enhanced intercooler, a high-performance intake, a modified mass airflow meter, and a performance tune. All combined, power output exceeds 320 horsepower (239 kilowatts), and a lowered suspension with aftermarket wheels and sticky tires makes the most of the power.
Visually, the VelosterRaptor N receives only subtle changes. Aside from the aforementioned wheels, there’s a bigger rear spoiler and custom headlights. Inside, lightweight seats and an interactive OBD cluster are the only modifications. Hyundai says this car is designed to showcase a consumer-friendly, bolt-on upgrade for the Veloster, and we’ll admit it looks quite clean.
Less subtle is the lifted Kona, which was created in conjunction with Rockstar Performance Garage. This isn’t quite as consumer-friendly as the VelosterRaptor, as Rockstar basically gives the compact crossover a rally makeover. It rides on 30-inch off-road tires and gets a full suspension upgrade, not to mention beefier brakes. The engine gets an intake and exhaust upgrade, though Hyundai doesn’t mention any increase in power. There’s certainly an increase in badassery, however, with the LED rally lights and black Bulletlinter-coated body.
The 2019 SEMA Show begins Tuesday, November 5 in Las Vegas.
Hyundai Teams with Bisimoto Engineering and Rockstar Performance Garage for 2019 SEMA Show Concepts
- Bisimoto Engineering Takes the Hyundai Veloster N to an Entirely New Threshold of Daily Driving Performance in the VelosterRaptor N Concept
- Rockstar Performance Garage Pushes the Kona Ultimate Concept Beyond its Limits
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 31, 2019 – Hyundai has again joined forces with industry leaders Bisimoto Engineering and Rockstar Performance Garage to create two exciting new concepts for the 2019 SEMA show, the Bisimoto VelosterRaptor N Concept and the Rockstar Performance Garage Kona Ultimate Concept.
Bisimoto VelosterRaptor N Concept
The Bisimoto VelosterRaptor N Concept is consumer-friendly, emphasizing engineered bolt-on performance upgrades for the Veloster N Performance Package model. These bolt-on accessories are designed to have high potential for aftermarket availability. For the VelosterRaptor N, a team of four with engineering expertise ranging from mechanical to chemical to aerospace collaborated to create enhancements for the Veloster chassis while improving on the thermal efficiency of the engine.
The Bisimoto Engineering VelosterRaptor N is designed to be a “Type R Killer”, maintain low emissions, improve thermal efficiency, reduce internal combustion frictional and pumping losses, and have a quantified output above 320 horsepower. This is achieved by incorporating a high-flow exhaust system, engine management, water methanol kit, high-performance intercooler, high-flow intake, mass airflow modifications, and upgraded turbocharger internals. The exterior will explore a CFD-engineered protocol. The interior will be comprised of lighter weight seats, specific lightweighting efforts and a digital diagnostic display.
While retaining the beautiful character lines of the body, subtle changes were added to the chassis and improved cooling to the Tarox front brakes via bespoke Fifteen52 wheels and a custom, elegant, aero-enhancing rear spoiler. High-adhesion tires combined with an aerodynamically-sound wheel package and performance-lowering suspension reduce ground clearance, improve center of gravity, and further enhance aerodynamic advantages, while retaining electronic damping functions for the suspension. Custom headlight modifications include Flyryde components.
In-house technology from Bisimoto (a modified factory gasoline engine utilizing the latest in induction and exhaust technology) grace the Hyundai Veloster N. This project allows for aftermarket support, including, but not limited to, specialty lubricants, sport exhaust systems, efficiency intake design, performance feedback electronics, OBD monitoring, and aero upgrades.
A well-designed paring of intake and exhaust modules is added to this performance package vehicle to further improve efficiency of the gasoline engine, using pulse-wave technology to enhance volumetric efficiency, while improving inertial supercharging during valvetrain overlap periods. Modifications will be quantified using an in-house dynamometer.
The interior is comprised of composite, lightweight front seats. A specially-designed interactive OBD cluster will be added to the Veloster N’s console, using the factory communication protocol.
Bisimoto Partner Suppliers
- Wheels: Fifteen52
- Tires: Toyo
- Graphics: Type 2
- Brakes: Tarox
- Clutch: Action Clutch
- Fabrication hardware: Vibrant Performance
- Suspension: Eibach Suspension
- Induction mods: AEM induction
- Lubrication: PurOl
- Carbon Fiber attachment and trim: Dreamworks
- Paint: Dreamworks
- Heat exchange: CSF
- Turbocharger: Turbonetics
- Seats: Momo
- Roof Box: Inno
- Interior mods: SOS Upholstery
- Headlights: Flyryde
- Dynamometer: Dynapack
- OBD infocenter: AEM
Rockstar Performance Garage: Kona Ultimate Concept
Rockstar took a black Kona Ultimate Turbo AWD and created the ultimate Kona SUV. In the past, Rockstar and Hyundai have been a great success with the Tucson and Santa Fe. Rockstar built a new Kona Ultimate Sport with the following modifications:
Rockstar Partner Suppliers
- 30-inch Mickey Thompson race-grooved tires
- 16-inch Motegi rally wheels
- King suspension upgrades
- Baja Design LED lighting
- Race Chip performance tuning
- Magnaflow exhaust
- K&N filters billet intake
- Roadwire alligator-skinned seats
- Bulletliner-coated body
- R1 Concepts performance rotors and pads
- Kicker audio system
- Scosche mounts
- Custom work by Rockstar Performance Garage