Let me start by clarifying one thing: this video is for show, and is not an attempt by Rhys Millen to set the fastest time up Brazil’s Serra Do Rio Do Rastro. It is, on the other hand, an attempt to show off his skills at drifting, as part of Red Bull’s Xtreme Drift series. The cinematography is beautiful, and the road looks like an absolute blast to drive, sideways or otherwise. Like Pike’s Peak, there isn’t much margin for error, and I wouldn’t count the ability of a steel guardrail to keep you from launching over the edge.
The Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis puts out around 750 horsepower, which is plenty good enough to convert rear tires into puffy white smoke. Given how coarse the roadbed looks to be, I doubt Millen had much rubber left by the end of the course, and I wonder if that scraping sound we hear at the end is steel tire cords on pavement. I’m sure Millen is glad that Hankook is keeping him in tires, because I’m guessing that video took more than one take to get right. I certainly wouldn’t want to be the one writing checks to cover those rear tires.