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Hyundai makes Rhys Millen drift video in old headquarters

December 15, 2011 | 11:13 am

Hyundai driver Rhys Millen
Hyundai celebrated demolishing its U.S. headquarters in Fountain Valley by producing this video with race and stunt driver Rhys Millen and his Genesis Coupe drift car pulling off a heist in the abandoned buildings.

The automaker is spending $150 million building a new North American headquarters on the site of its current offices in Fountain Valley.

The project will take at least a year to build and generate about 1,500 construction jobs, Hyundai said.

It will double the space of the current headquarters and provide room to double the fast-growing auto company's corporate staff to about 1,400 employees, said John Krafcik, chief executive of Hyundai  Motor America, the U.S. division of the South Korean automaker.

Krafcik said the new headquarters would have more than 400,000 square feet of office and garage space and be among the most energy-efficient buildings in the state.

Hyundai said one of its service technicians, Dustin Loranger, came up with the idea.



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Photo: Rhys Millen. Credit: Hyundai