Hyundai Teams with Bisimoto to Build Insane 1,000 hp Santa Fe
SUV Has Extensively Modified 3.8 Turbo V-6, Longitudinal Powertrain
The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is a showcase for the awesome, insane, inane, and innovative in the automotive aftermarket. Over the last several decades, the automakers have had an ever-more prominent presence at the show, both showcasing dealer-installed accessories and mail-order performance parts and accessories. In an attempt to brandish its high-performance bona fides for its forthcoming “N” performance line, Hyundai has teamed up with tuner Bisimoto to create what’s likely the most powerful Santa Fe SUV on the planet.
However, this is no bolt-on special. In fact, little of the original Santa Fe still exists other than the outer body shell. The engine is a 3.8L Hyundai V-6 stripped down to the bare block and rebuilt from the ground up with a gearhead’s wish list of mouth-watering hardware, including Arias forged pistons, Crower connecting rods, custom camshafts, Golden Eagle cylinder sleeves, ARP head studs, massive 2200cc fuel injectors, twin Turbonetics turbos, a Spearco intercooler, and dozens more specialty high-performance items.
The Santa Fe comes from the factory with a transverse powertrain. However, to effectively get the insane 1,040 hp to the ground, a longitudinal powertrain channeling the power to the rear wheels was employed, mated to a six-speed manual, utilizing a Genesis R-Spec gearbox, Equus rear differential, and custom halfshafts. It’s safe to say if you rolled up to middle school, nobody would call this Santa Fe a “mommy-mobile.”