Fountain Valley, California - Hyundai and off-road specialist Rockstar Performance Garage have teamed up to build a one-off show car for the 2015 SEMA aftermarket expo in Las Vegas.
As Rockstar head honcho explained Nic Ashby explained: "The idea was to build an off-roader that nobody expected."
The standard Tucson, after all, is really a mild-mannered crossover, more of a Mom's Taxi than a hardcore rock-hopper. Nevertheless, as Ashby pointed out, it has a rigid frame and plenty of space in the engine bay for modifications.
But the most important part of any serious off-roader is the suspension, so Ashby lifted the Tucson 150mm higher than standard on 63mm diameter fully-adjustable 63mm diameter dampers with remote reservoirs and progressive off-road springs, made specially for this project by King Shocks.
It rolls on KMC 17 inch XD Series "Bully" Off-Road rims shod with massive 32 inch Mickey Thompson MTZ P3 tyres - which necessitated some cutting and trimming around the wheel-arches, neatly capped off with Black Ops body clearance trim.