SPECS
Horsepower
132 HP
Torque
120 LB-FT
Curb Weight
2657 LB
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Engine Size
1.6 L
Transmission Type
DCT Shiftable Automatic
MPG (City/Highway)
30 MPG
VEHICLE STORY

I bought my car right before I started college, I have always liked car but was never a “car person” per se, however, when I saw a Veloster at a local dealership I had to buy it. Although it was naturally aspirated my car was fully optioned out, it felt like the cockpit of a space ship when I sat in it. Later that week it was mine. Shortly afterwards I took interest in the Veloster forum at veloster.org and saw all the mods that people were doing to Velosters and that’s where my journey into my build began. The first mod I ever did was aftermarket rims, brand new Enkei ekm3’s in anthracite gray. Most recently I got new Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tires that are an unbeatable deal for the price. The biggest bang for the buck mod I’ve done is my Megan Racing Type 2 Catback Exhaust. This is based alone off of smiles per gallon, it sounds incredible, doesn’t drone, and was incredibly cheap at only $400. The tune I got from Tork Motorsports was also an incredible value, it was only $200 on sale, and it made this car feel like a true racecar. Most of the performance parts I installed are just name brand pieces however I also have done quite a bit of custom fabrication. One thing I love about the car community is how intuitive people are, for example with Velosters many people upgrade from the stock throttle body to one from an Elantra, it requires some custom machining but if done right it costs less than $100 and greatly improves throttle response. The biggest challenge with this build is one that most can relate to, finding money for new parts, this is what led to a lot of the custom parts I made for my car, and while they aren’t perfect they were cheap and there’s no better feeling than actually custom building something for your car. Due to a relatively small community for Veloster owners and low interest in the car I am hoping to upgrade to a vehicle with a larger fan base because this would mean more options for mods and hopefully lower priced parts.

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[]Hayden Akiyama

Nice NAV

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