Daily Driven Genesis Drifter.

0 Posted by - June 30, 2012 - Interviews

Let me start off by saying that this Genesis Coupe is not your typical Genesis by any means. First off, it has an insanely aggressive stance, it turns the heads of everyone that it passes by, its incredibly clean especially for a daily driver, and oh that’s right…the owner, Justin, drifts it as well. Justin has been taking it to every drift event he possibly can for the past year, all with the same car he takes to work every day. He has taken a sporty RWD car, made it look like a track monster, and made it drift like a champ. One of the first things you notice when you look at this Genesis is the wheels, not only are they fluorescent but they are Orange on one side and Green on the other; Now that looks pretty damn good when it drifts around corners and the colors alternate every time he throws the rear end around each corner.

I asked Justin a few questions about his Genesis and Car Background, here they are:

– What made you decide to buy a Genesis Coupe, and when buying it did you intend to drift it?
-If not what made you decide to drift it?

At the time, I was in search of a new car and I was dead set on getting an Evo X. The Genesis Coupe kind of came out of left field and after seeing the Rhys Millen drift ad my interest in AWD quickly faded. While I knew exactly what the car was capable of, the thought of tracking it was far from reality. I didn’t even know how to drive stick! At some point, going to shows and talking about what could be done in theory started to get old. Lucky for the people in the Chicago area, we have organizations like Club FR and Drift Indy to provide new drivers with the means to develop their skills. After attending my first Club FR event last year, I was hooked.

– What are your future plans for your Genesis?

In the future, I would like to upgrade the internals of the 2.0 to handle a much larger turbo. Additional suspension components, a few hundred lbs. off the car, and a proper differential would be ideal.

– What other cars do you own and what are your plans for them?

It was only a matter of time before I decided to start putting together a purpose built track car. A few months ago I became the proud owner of an 86 Mazda RX-7 FC. The first order of business was ditching the naturally aspirated 13b and replacing it with an LS V8. The FC will allow me to drive more aggressively and will be of a more competitive nature.

– How has the drift community accepted your car since its so new compared to the typical drift car?

The Genesis Coupe was met with plenty of skepticism as a drift car. It is, in fact, very different than your traditional s-chassis in age, handling characteristics, and aftermarket support. At this point, I don’t think there’s any question what the car is capable of. As with any other car, it comes down to the skill of the driver.

– What are its strongpoints and weaknesses for drifting?

At 3,300 lbs., the Genesis isn’t exactly a lightweight. The close ratio of the 6 speed definitely helps the car accelerate quickly but shorter gears can lead to a lot of shifting. The chassis itself is very rigid and the super wide stance of the car rivals most traditional drift chassis that run wide fenders and aggressive wheel fitment. The drivetrain has proven to be very reliable and is extremely responsive to driver input. Hyundai’s stock turbo may be small but it delivers over 20 lbs. of boost at around 3,000rpm. While a helical differential is not ideal for drifting, it certainly doesn’t stop you from getting out on the track and stock equipped Brembo brakes make it easy to control the car when braking is necessary.

Special thanks to CM Werks Powdercoating, GRD Performance, and Touge Factory.


Here are some shots I took of it in action at AutoMass Rd. 1.

I don’t think there are any wheels that would fit this car any better than these Enkie PF01’s.

I love what he did with the headlights, he painted the housings white to match the body. Its a subtle change but it looks so much better than how they came, chrome.

Here’s a close-up of the light.

The Carbon Fiber Trunk and Orgin Spoiler really add a nice touch to the rear.



SuperDrift Short Ram Intake
A’PEXi air filter
TurboXS Front Mount Intercooler Kit
Deatschwerks 550cc Injectors
AGP Catch Cans
Mishimoto Radiator
AMS Radiator Hoses
TurboXS Catless 3″ Downpipe and o2 Housing
3″ Exhaust With RSR Ex-Mag Muffler
BTRcc ECU Tuning


DTM Speed X-TRM Clutch & Super Lightweight Flywheel
Torque Solutions Solid Differential Mount
TiC Solid Shifter Bushings
Cp-e Engine Mounts

Wheels, Tires, Suspension, Brakes:

HAWK HPS brake pads
STANCE GR+ Coilovers
Enkei PF01 9.5×18 +15, 10.5×18 +15 Wheels Powdercoated by CM Werks
F: Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec 245/40/18, R: Federal 595 255/35/18


Seibon Carbon Fiber Trunk
1750mm Origin 3D GT Wing
RMR Carbon Grill
APR From air dam
Custom Painted Headlight Housings


For the full Photo set and to see more of my work, check out my Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/NagyPhotography

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