It’s SEMA time of the year again, which means OEMs will be leaving their babies in the capable hands of vehicle modifiers and seeing what can be done.
Hyundai’s contribution to the show is the Vaccar Tuscon Sport Concept, and apart from the four-word name, it showcases what can be done to not only the turbocharged engine, but also the infotainment and suspension setups. Oh yes, let’s not forget the ridiculous aero kit.
Under the bonnet, the turbo has been replaced with a Boostec unit with an R50 blow-off valve, fed by an AEM air intake and charge pipe kit. Keeping it cool is a Mishimoto G-Line intercooler, while lubrication is done via a VMS Racing baffled sump. Exhaust is the typical cat-back system with Magnaflow mufflers.
The whole car runs on Concept One forged alloys (20×9.5-inch) wrapped in Continental ExtremeContact Sport 255/35R20 tyres, and hauled up by Vaccar Power Stop Z23 Evolution Brake Kit front and rear and it’s sprung by Vaccar-Gecko G-Street coilovers.
Inside, there’s Katzkin Ice Grey leather, Fog Suedezkin with blue stitching, AutoMeter AIRDRIVE WiFi Boost, and oil, wideband A/F Gauges in a dash pod. Vaccar has also made an Android-powered 9-inch infotainment unit which runs Soundstream 9-inch headrest mounted LCDs, DVD-MobileLink, Picasso 12” sub enclosure, 6.5-inch splits and powered by a Nano 520w Class D 4ch amp.
“The Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept takes the Tucson far beyond its OEM roots without sacrificing reliability,” said Aaron Vaccar, President of Vaccar. “By building upon the well-developed Tucson platform, powertrain and design, we’ve given enthusiasts a vision of just where this affordable crossover aspires to go.”