This Aussie Hyundai Excel might be the world's greatest sleeper. Ever.
If you see this gray Excel pull up next to you at a stoplight, run.
There’s nothing quite as surprising as getting gapped by a car with more bug splatter than paint on it. Let me set the scene. You pull up to a stoplight and you want to surprise the guy in the gray Hyundai next to you with how “fast” your V6 Mustang is so you rev your heart out to challenge him to a race. Next thing you know, that little Hyundai just bought you an appetizer at Gapplebees and you’re now single again.
As all great stories start, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed one night and looking at all the different cars on the featured page. In one of the Reels, Instagram's short video things, I see a seemingly normal Hyundai. The paint on the hood was peeling, the bumper was looking raggedy and the wheels had no hubcaps. But then the hood came up and oh boy, that's a whole different story.
This is Will's Australian Hyundai Excel and it's one hell of a sleeper. When I saw it, I just had to know more about it and thankfully Will agreed to let me interview him for the site.
The story with Will’s love for Excels starts when he was young and lived on a farm. Some people might have a truck or a similar off-road vehicle as their farm vehicle but Will’s personal “paddock basher” as they’re known over yonder, was a Hyundai Excel. Modifications included spraypainted parts and a loud exhaust, making it the perfect contender for the race track he set up on the farm.
Now that he’s grown up and has some money to his name, he wanted his own sleeper, and what better candidate for that than another Hyundai Excel. Besides, you wouldn’t expect that thing to be fast.
Let’s talk about what lives under the hood. Will’s Excel sports a fully rebuilt 4G63 with the following mods:
- 7.8:1 turbo pistons
- 6 bolt crank
- OEM big turbo rods
- GT3076R with a Turbosmart 38mm external wastegate
- Billet fuel rail
- E85 Fuel pump
- 750cc injectors
- Standalone ECU
- Turbo FWD Lancer gearbox (F5M33)
- Xtreme clutch
- 3-inch exhaust
The car hasn’t seen a dyno yet but he estimates it makes somewhere around 300-400 HP at the wheels while weighing a ludicrous 800-900 kg (1763.7 lbs - 1984.16 lbs). The madman pushed the thing to over 200 kmh (124.274 mph) at which point he had to slow down because in his own words, “it starts getting very scary”. I don’t blame him either. The car is almost completely stripped for weight, meaning no AC, no power steering, no heater, and core.
As you might expect, a dinky little Hyundai with a built engine and a phat turbo pulling up to a car meet gets some priceless reactions. Will has even beaten a few fast cars in races. He said he might even take it to the ¼ mile against one of his other cars.
Oh hey speaking of other cars, Will also owns an R32, R33, and an R34. In other words, every JDM fanboy’s wet dream. Knowing that you’d think they would get more attention but nope! You’d be wrong.
“The Hyundai definitely gets more attention. I think because it’s so different and no one expects it is why it gets so much attention,” Will said. “Even know the Skyline GTRs are one of the most well-known dream cars for a lot of people, the Excel still gets more attention because it isn’t expected or ever seen really.”
The car is nowhere near finished yet, and Will has some pretty exciting plans for its future. The first upgrades on the list are meatier tyres to turn the car into less of a death trap. He wants it looking stock while having big grippy tyres up front. After that, he has some coilovers and new brakes on hand, followed by a bigger fuel pump, and more boost.
I for one can’t wait to see how this sleeper turns out and wish Will the best of luck with the project. Sleepers will always hold a special place in my heart and this one is definitely one of the best I’ve come across. I’m very grateful he took the time to answer my questions and I hope you guys liked reading about it as much as I liked writing about it! If you want to keep up with the project, his Instagram is @gtr.will_.
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