Bridging the gap between Japanese and American muscle.
Enjuku Racing might be best known for its Nissan 240 and 350Z builds and killer Formula Drift cars, but for the last years' SEMA show, owner Ken Harrison was looking to try something a bit different. And by all accounts, this 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe certainly qualifies as such. It doesn't really matter whether it was a 2.0 T or 3.8 GT model either. The only thing that does matter is a 5.7L LS1 V8 engine is in there now!
Having been a dominant force in the Nissan tuning market for years, Enjuku Racing has been looking to break into other enthusiast markets. “The Hyundai Genesis is a great platform and we wanted to be the first to put a supercharged LS1 into a brand new Gen Coupe,” says Harrison.
Naturally, all the engine work and mods have been done at Enjuku's HQ in Minneola, Florida. After purchasing the car in May 2011, it's taken a few months and between $25- and $30-grand to trick out this rear-wheel drive sports car in a befitting manner. The donor engine is from a 2000 model year vehicle, so the Enjuku crew has prepared it for big horsepower by first refreshing it with Trick Flow cylinder head and valvetrain upgrade kits. CheaTR LS2 cams from Thunder Racing are also installed before the Magnuson roots-style supercharger, which features a 90 mm Edelbrock throttle body that pokes through a Vis Racing carbon fiber hood. Enjuku now sells the engine mounts as a kit and long-tube headers that it developed for this application, which terminates at the custom Isis Performance race dual exhaust.
Enjuku has taken great care to leave the chassis intact and do this particular swap without cutting into the frame, so theoretically the stock engine and hood could go right back in. In their absence, however, a MTI Racing air-to-water intercooler chills the air going into the system while fuel is pushed toward 42-pound Ford fuel injectors by an Aeromotive Stealth fuel pump. An Isis Performance fuel pressure regulator and MSD ignition wires support the NGK TR7 spark plugs. To support the massive increase in horsepower and torque, which is now estimated at 600 hp and 575 lb-ft, a Tremec T56 manual has been built to stage two specification by TickShift and paired up with a stage three Spec clutch and billet steel flywheel. Leaving nothing to chance, Enjuku Racing installs a Quaife limited-slip differential and its own brand of heavy-duty drive shafts.
In preparation for its debut in the BC Racing Suspension booth at SEMA, the Gen Coupe is matched up with a set of 30-way adjustable BR Type coil-overs and aggressive, contrasty TA02 19-inch wheels, plus Whiteline sway bars and a bevy of tie arms, rods and such to stiffen up the whole car. Hankook Ventus tires and Wilwood front brake upgrades complete the set up from a mechanical standpoint. From a looks standpoint, Vis Racing has tied off all loose ends with several carbon pieces, including front lips, side skirts, trunk, roof skin as well as a new rear diffuser that accommodates quad tips.
Besides the Spargo Spring 5 seats and cam lock harness, the only other upgrade to point out is the rainy are Pioneer AVH-P4300DVD seven-inch widescreen head unit that takes care A/V duties and a whole lot more.
It remains to be seen how popular this engine swap will become in the Hyundai Genesis community, and though we wished this car were going to be a real drift car, you just have to give Enjuku Racing big props for even going down this road.