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In World Car News you will find exclusive interviews, cars highly modified but specially interviews to Korean car fans like us. In this opportunity we have selected David Diaz and his Hyundai Accent, which it has been modified to his personal taste and it is also ready to conquest the drag strip in Chile.

Let us now present you with the interview we did to David and we will know more about the built of his Hyundai Accent, and his future Project with it. Furthermore, we will present you with pictures and videos of his accomplishments.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is David Diaz Bustos, I’m 23 years old and I live in Santiago De Chile. I live with this passion since my childhood and little by little I have accomplished what I have always dreamed of.

When I was kid, I always played with car toys; I think I have only played 5 times soccer and im a disaster hahaha. This passion is something that fills me up of joy, I can spend hours admiring a car or planning what I can modify next so it can go even faster. I always heard of the biggest technicians talk about cars and I asked them everything, which has made me more knowledgeable about a race car.

How do you know the Korean brand?

I knew the Korean brand since 2001 when my dad bought a Hyundai Elantra GLS full loaded, it had a nice suspension, it was quick and very agile.

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What was you first impression with the Korean cars and what other brands interested you too?

My impression with the Korean cars was very good, never thought they could so reliable, safe, cheap parts, require less maintenance, and to be honest it was nice surprise to know Hyundai.

The other brands that interested me were Subaru and Mitsubishi. In the year 2009 I had a Subaru Impreza WRX with 340hp and to be honest I enjoyed it a lot, but it was not what I looking for…then in 2010 I had a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Tommy Makinen and it was an incredible car, not too fast but the handling and braking was where you wanted to.

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It was spectacular. After some inconvenient I had to sell the cars and I bought the 2010 Chevrolet Corsa in which it only lasted 3 months, since I suffer a car accident. The car flipped about 7 times but thanks to God the car resists the damage and here I am alive! After that accident I contain myself from speeding again.

Tell us what Korean Car you own, model and why you picked it.

Its a 2010 Hyundai Accent Sport GLS 1.4 cc, red in color. I bought this car after the accident I had. After the accident I was only looking for a car with airbags and more stable from my previous Chevrolet, so I decided for the Hyundai Accent Sport.

I mainly bought it because I wanted a car that wasn’t too fast and rides nicely.

Approximately, when did you decided to start modding your accent?

I bought it new with 0 Km and the very next day I spend 1,500 dollars in audio, I bought new speakers, radio, amplifier, subwoofers everything from the brand Focal.

Days later I noticed the car was doing very good and it was not slow at all, it was actually fast and it turns and brakes really well.

With the time I started lose the fear from the accident. Because of that, after 2 months of owning the car I added SS headers, 2” exhaust pipes and big bore throttle body

After a week of adding those mods, I realized that I wanted to go even faster so I added NOS with 80 HP in nitrous and the car was going strong, this is the moment when I started liking the speed and races once again.

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Which was your initial plans before it became what it is now?

Initially I wanted to have a good audio system, good suspension and good mpg so I could use it every day.

Tells us the things you have modified in your Accent? Did someone help you modify it?

All modifications that my Accent has gone thru were made from this great mechanic, Carlos Jofre, in this Performance shop Jofre Racing Team.

Everything that I asked him he made it happen and very well done. He built me a car that I really enjoy and I won’t change it nothing.

We modified the cylinder head, camshaft, valves, springs, gaskets, piston, connecting rods, rings, piston pin, header, exhaust, clutch, suspension and we also changed the ECU for the Fueltech Ft-400. We also added Turbonetics gtk-450 and intercooler for the turbo.

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We know you have a motorsport store, tell us about it.

I am an official distributor for Fueltech in Chile, it’s an store dedicated to programmable ECU for all type of engines. With the Fueltech ECU you can replace the stock ECU and modify any parameter from it, they are a very complete ECU with many extras that comes included.

This store started in 2011 in Chile with very good results. We were able to expand to all Chile and to be honest all our clients are very happy. We have the fastest cars of Chile with Fueltech and that tell us we have a very reliable product.

The Fueltech ECU are made in Brasil and a lot of people there use it, that says a lot about this product. Now they are being test in the USA and so far they have accomplished some impressive results.

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We know you have recently dyno your accent, tell us your expectations before and after the result.

My expectations weren’t higher, i didn’t thought this engine would gain this much HP. But after the first couple runs with 14.5 PSI i felt it was going to give us good results, with 14.5 PSI we got 322WHP after that we raise it to 26 PSI and we finally got 432 WHP.

This is only the beginning because we can still get more horsepower, but we are going step by step and feeling how the engine is handling. For us its more important to give this power to the ground than burning tire everywhere we go.

We are now working with the exhaust; we are making some adjustment with the turbo presion so we can go even stronger.

Are you planning to keep modding when you feel it has reach its limit?

For the moment we will keep modding other things but not the engine. Now we are modifying the transmission and replacing it with a sequential transmission with a multidisc clutch. Limit, I don’t think so…the engine can give even more.

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What are the achievements you have done with your Accent?

Achievements with my car are not many as far as winning races. Since this has always been an R&D car, even time we put it on the drag strip its time are going lower. Once we have accomplish the top and everything is ready, we will start participating in more races.

For now we are only worried to keep developing this car. This car only has 1 year of been built and so far we haven’t broke anything, that means we are on the right path and we moving forward with the car.

Are you in a car club?

Currently I’m not in a car club, but I am in a racing team (Jofre Racing and Fueltech Chile)

Feel free to give thanks or shoot-out.

I’m very thankful to many people that has helped me with this project, people from the shop, friends and many that helped and stayed always optimist that this will come thru.

For this is not just a car, is my dream come true. I have sacrified a lot of things to have this car such as family time, girlfriends, friends, etc. if it wasn’t for all them and their support this project would never come thru.

I would like to thank Carlos Jofre, Felipe Urrutia, Jonathan Moya, Gonzalo Santana, Omar Caniu, Gaston Mauras which are the people who built this car.

Receive a hug and thank you for this interview. I’m very thankful for your support and we will keep with the Hyundai since there is plenty road to travel.

We hope you guys have enjoy this interview and if you happen to have more questions for David about him, his business or his Accent make sure you leave some comments down below.

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 Interview: David – 2010 Hyundai Accent 1.4 Turbo

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Few weeks ago we report about that Hyundai will be preparing a B-Segment SUV for India and other markets (maybe Europe) to fight with the Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster joining the B-SUV cars fever.

Today meanwhile in South Korea caught a test mule of the B-SUV rolling around Namyang R&D Centre. Hyundai Motor America president and CEO John Krafcik told reporters the brand had failed to take advantage of the country’s hunger for SUVs, with just a two per cent share of the nation’s truck segment that includes crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. The boss of Hyundai USA admits the brand needs a third SUV and has highlighted the burgeoning sub-compact crossover market as a priority.

“We are very under-represented,” Krafcik said, as reported by Edmunds. “We lead the industry in sedans, we have a bunch of them, but if you look at our crossover line, we only have two nameplates, the Tucson and the Santa Fe.”

 
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Hyundai says it has been struggling to keep up with demand for the new Santa Fe, which launched in the US in five-door form in the second half of 2013 and as a long-wheelbase seven-seater earlier this year.

Krafcik said there was no new SUV in the pipeline for Hyundai USA at this stage, but suggested a sub-compact crossover to rival the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Chevrolet/Holden Trax was an obvious next step for the brand.

“Our growth potential in where we might want to put future products probably would be on the crossover side of the table.“It seems sort of obvious.  I mean, if you slice the data, that is where you would want to look. “I think it is something that we have to look at. We don’t have any plans, it does seem like there is a lot of action in stuff below RAV4- and Tucson-sized vehicles. A new segment is emerging.”

As of now the powertrain details are unknown, but Hyundai has a range of engine options in diesel and petrol ranging from 1.4 litre “Gamma” petrol to 1.6 litre CRDi diesel to choose from. Also Hyundai has a 1.0-liter petrol engine with turbo (TCi) with 106 hp revealed few months ago. Stay tuned for more info so soon!

Photos source:  Ubinine & Kaablog

 Scooped: Hyundai B Segment SUV Caught Testing Updated

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Few days ago we were talk about the first about that Hyundai delivers first 15 Hydrogen ix35 Fuel Cell model and it seemed that the South Korean carmaker left it clear that its main focus for the future green cars were hydrogen fuel-cells, but according to John Krafcik says to The Detroit Bureau is not the only focused point.

In the U.S., California will mandate that all major manufacturers include some form of ZEV, or Zero-Emissions Vehicle, in their line-ups (Kia is also working on the Soul EV).  Among those already fitting the bill are the Nissan Leaf, the Ford Focus EV, the Tesla Model S, the new Chevrolet Spark EV, Honda’s Fit EV and the Toyota RAV4-EV.


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Hyundai already has a vehicle in its local Korean market, called the BlueOn – it is basically an i10 without petrol engine. It has a range of less than 90 miles (144 km), top speed of 80 mph (128 km/h) and a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 13.1 seconds. 

The Detroit Bureau quotes Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik, who said: “Our primary zero-emission vehicle focus is fuel cell right now, but we will certainly field a BEV at some point.” This makes official, but the BlueOn may not be the car they will want to sell, as the all-important numbers wouldn’t necessarily put it at the front of the pack.

 Report: Hyundai Thinking on EV to Satisfy California Regulations

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The magazine said on Tuesday that its tests showed turbocharged models from Ford, Hyundai and Kia are less efficient than competitors. It also said the turbocharged Chevrolet Cruze got little extra power or fuel economy than a non-turbocharged engine.

The magazine did praise a turbocharged four-cylinder from BMW. Turbochargers pump extra air into engines so more fuel can be added to boost power and car makers charge more for them, promising extra power. Consumer Reports said a new Ford Fusion with an optional 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine was slower and got lower fuel economy than a Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or Nissan Altima with regular engines.

Ford said it can’t speak for Consumer Reports’ tests, but its surveys show EcoBoost customers are satisfied with their fuel economy. A spokeswoman for General Motors Co. says the Cruze turbocharged engine provides more power and better acceleration when compared with the non-turbocharged engine. She said people who drive with a heavy foot on the accelerator of a turbocharged engine won’t see a lot of gas mileage benefits.

Model Engine 0-60 mph EPA mpg CR mpg
Ford Fusion 1.6L Turbo 4 8.9 28 25
Hyundai Sonata 2.4L Four 8.2 26 27
Kia Optima 2.4L Four 8.6 27 25
Toyota Camry 2.4L Four 8.4 28 27
Honda Accord 2.4L Four 7.7 30 30
Nissan Altima 2.4L Four 8.2 27 31
Ford Fusion 2.0L Turbo 4 7.4 26 22
Hyundai Sonata 2.0L Turbo 4 6.6 26 25
Kia Optima 2.0L Turbo 4 6.6 26 24
Toyota Camry 3.5L V6 6.4 25 26
Honda Accord 3.5L V6 6.3 25 26
Nissan Altima 3.5L V6 6.3 23 24
Chevrolet Cruze 1.4L Turbo 4 9.8 28 26
Chevrolet Cruze 1.8L Four 10.5 27 26
Dodge Dart 1.4L Turbo 4 8.6 31 29
Dodge Dart 2.0L Four 11.0 27 27
Ford Escape 1.6L Turbo 4 9.9 25 22
Honda CR-V 2.4L Four 9.2 25 23
Kia Sportage 2.4L Four 10.3 23 22
Toyota RAV4 2.5L Four (2012) 10.0 24 23
Ford Escape 2.0L Turbo 4 8.2 24 22
Kia Sportage 2.0L Turbo 4 7.1 22 21
Toyota RAV4 3.5L V6 (2012) 6.7 22 22
BMW X3 2.0L Turbo 4 7.3 24 23
BMW X3 3.0L Six 7.2 21 22
Ford F-150 3.5 V6 Turbo 7.7 17 15
Ford F-150 5.0L V8 7.8 16 15

 Consumer Reports finds small turbo engines don’t deliver on fuel economy claims

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