SEMA 2016: Bisimoto Building 1040 HP Hyundai Santa Fe

If we’ve learned anything from Bisimoto’s past adventures its that they will add ignorant amounts of horsepower to just about any wheeled vehicle presented to them.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they have a pair of 600hp roller blades somewhere in their shop.  So, really the fact that they are working on a 1,000+ horsepower Hyundai Santa Fe crossover SUV shouldn’t be shocking to me at all; yet it is!

Bisimoto isn’t stopping at just making power either.  They are also tackling the drivetrain by converting the Santa Fe (dubbed the “Santa Fast”) to rear-wheel-drive!  A 1,040 horsepower, RWD converted Hyundai crossover SUV is just the kind of project that makes SEMA what it is and I can’t wait to get a better look at it.  Well, a better look under the hood I should say.

Exterior-wise Bisi’s “Santa Fast” doesn’t have much going on besides a full vehicle wrap, custom front grill, and some Fifteen52 wheels.  Don’t get me wrong though, all of those things go together very well but I think its safe to say the real story here are all the mechanical mods.  For a full parts list of the Bisimoto “Santa Fast” check out the press release below.  For a better look at the official rendering created by Jon Sibal, just click the thumbnail below as well.

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Press Release:

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 28, 2016 – Hyundai Motor America and Bisimoto have again partnered for the SEMA show, this time developing a 1,040 horsepower, rear-drive “Santa-Fast” SUV. Bisimoto is well-renowned for awe-inspiring street, show and race vehicles. With no fear of the unknown, Bisimoto is always on the cutting edge of automotive technology, and the Bisimoto “Santa Fast” Santa Fe is no exception, pumping out the power from a flex-fuel turbocharged, Hyundai-based 3.8L Lambda V6 powerplant making reliable power, positioned longitudinally and driving the rear wheels.

“Bisimoto takes pleasure in making any vehicle fun to drive, even a larger SUV,” said ‘Bisi Ezerioha, owner of Bisimoto. “Our Santa-Fast SUV is a proof-of-concept vehicle with driving capabilities that our customers can count on every day they turn the key.” The Bisimoto team worked exhaustingly on the custom rear-drive and six-speed manual transmission conversions to achieve an OEM-like appearance and function. Full boost for the powertrain is 39 psi, and a boost-per-gear protocol is used to allow for optimal traction.

Other key modifications to the “Santa-Fast” include:


  • Bisimoto-built Hyundai 3.8L engine, in climate-controlled engine-building clean room
  • Bisimoto custom twin-turbo kit and intercooler
  • AEM Electronics
  • Infinity 708 ECU
  • Boost-control solenoid
  • Fuel pressure regulator and flex-fuel sender
  • Arias 9.0:1 custom forged pistons, Bisimoto specification
  • Bisimoto-Web level 2.4 camshafts
  • PurOl “Elite Series” Synthetic Motor Oil, 5w30
  • PurOl Manual Transmission Fluid
  • GuldstandPro mil-spec wiring harness
  • Driftmotion Aluminum tubing
  • ARP Head studs, wheel studs, and bolts
  • Bisimoto custom exhaust system with dual-pulse chambers
  • Five-O racing 2200cc Injectors
  • Supertech valvetrain
  • Kinsler fuel filters
  • Golden Eagle sleeves
  • NGK Iridium spark plugs
  • Odyssey PC 950 battery
  • Brian Crower steel rods
  • Racepak IQ3 street dash
  • Twin Turbonetics TNX 30/56 Turbos
  • Dual RG45 wastegates
  • Godzilla blow-off valve
  • Spearco intercooler core
  • Vibrant Vanjen clamps and stainless steel hardware
  • WPC engine treatment and coatings
  • Goodridge Motorsport braided lines and plumbing
  • Performance tube bending mandrel hardware
  • Griffen dual-core radiator
  • TurboHot exhaust coatings


  • Custom Rothfab rear sub-frame conversion
  • Hyundai Equus rear differential
  • 6-speed manual conversion, with Genesis R-Spec gearbox
  • Custom console-mounted shifter
  • Spec stage-5 clutch and aluminum flywheel
  • Custom Bisimoto axles and half shaft
  • KW coil-over suspension


  • Fifteen52, 19-inch Tarmac R40 Wheels
  • Toyo tires: R888 265/35R19
  • Buddy Club 4-piston brakes, with Bisimoto brackets


  • Denmatic design scheme
  • Gatorwraps auto wrap
  • Hyundai Genuine Accessories mudguards
  • Custom modified grill


  • Momo Daytona EVO seats
  • Bisimoto reservoir socks
  • 4-point chromo roll cage
  • Crow restraint harnesses
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