03 hyundai elantra (laugh it up, it's clearly hilarious lol)


Asked by GuruP5W8P Jan 15, 2020 at 12:44 AM about the 2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sedan FWD

Question type: Car Customization

Alright, so I know this is an odd set of questions,
but I feel like it's worth it to ask. I'm by no means a
professional but I've worked on my own car since I
had my first. Been learning since I was 8 and my
mom sparked my interest with an RC Dodge
But anyway, I discovered while finding out a
number of things were wrong with my current car,
that it has a transfer case. If it has a transfer case,
does this necessarily mean I can convert it to
If this is possible, then does that also mean that
my car is capable of pushing a bigger engine, like a
4wd would be able to, considering someone took
the time to ensure its possibility as an awd sedan?
Understandably, many people have brought up the
"rollover risk", but I could reasonably argue that
handling and stability doesn't have so much to do
with the vehicle as its driver. I am aware that there
are some exceptions to this rule, but not too many
I assume plausible. [[But then, I've done 360s
around trees in the woods, in an 05 kia rio. So I
might just be lucky lol]] I would like a serious
conversation about this, rather than
discouragement due to personal preference. I've
seen impossible things be done to cars that these
things would never be expected of. I want to know
the probability of mine having this chance. Again,
this is an 03 Hyundai Elantra. I want it to be able to
beat a corvette.

7 Answers


To beat a Corvette it might take a hundred grand or more and you would still probably lose by a half mile in a mile race. Go out and buy a used Vette for $15,000 or so and have a blast. Seriously ;)

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I am pretty sure your car never came with AWD so I am not sure what you think is a transfer case.


Beat a Corvette with that car? ROFLMAO!


I read your comment to another post about Elantra performance and that led me to this question. So let me add my response here ----- It's refreshing to hear from someone who has enough interest in performance to study it, and who has gained some understanding which I'm sure will grow..... First, about handling. Any car will perform better if driven by someone who knows how to drive well, but the architecture of the car plays a VERY important part in this. I, too have seen impossible things in cars, but impossible carries an enormous expense. It's why a hot Mustang costs $90,000 and a hot Ferrari costs $400,000. You say that your Elantra handles pretty well: Well, to me, that indicates that you've probably never driven any car that actually does handle well. I'm not dissing you; I respect your interest and am trying to help you..... Now, about your Elantra. It didn't come with AWD or 4WD, so what you see as a transfer case isn't one. I don't care what engine you can fit into the space, the car wasn't designed to be more than a daily driver and even with performance suspension upgrades, it will never be much more that it already is. Enjoy your daily commute in this car, and if you want real performance, move to something that was designed to be that.... Advice for a budding racer: I've been telling novices for years to start with GO-CARTS. Today, there are real race tracks for them and you can learn more driving Go-Carts than you will renting a Ferrari or a Ford GT for a few days. You might also attend a racing school where seasoned racers will guide you in your quest to be a better driver.

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I found out it had a transfer case and immediately took it to another ACTUAL mechanic (because, again, I'm definitely not a professional) and he ensured I was right. Then I came home and looked it up, because i was still thoroughly confused. It's not awd so why would it have one? But it does. Proof in the photos below. I've talked to multiple people since then about it, and they're all equally baffled. But it got me excited for the possibilities. That being said, Ed, you're absolutely correct in your assumption that I've not driven a performance car long enough to be able to tell a difference in handling ability. I've only ever had one domestic car and the rest were cute little foreigns. I have had the privilege of using my racer friend's incredibly realistic racing simulation game set up, and that was awesome. But I do understand it isn't necessarily the same, even if it did have the seat, the stick, and the view. I'd love to attend a racing school, being a racer is my ultimate goal.


Uploaded before I was done. I realize that beating a corvette is a wild dream, but i really want to beat the fastest mustang in my tristate area, and his is a nitroused and turboed out 5.0. If there is any information anyone can give that would help my car get where I want it, I want that. No matter how long it takes.


As Elantra didn't have 4WD, I'm surprised it has a transfer case, but back in "03, I guess it's possible that Hyundai used this drive train in multiple cars and others offered 4WD.... About simulators. We have a couple that are a great experience; they even have seat feedback that helps you feel the Gs in turns. They can help acclimate you to racing, but when you get advanced, they're somewhat like baseball pitching machines. Real ball players shun pitching machines because they throw off your timing, which is assessment of the pitcher's arm and ball movement. Similarly, racing simulators will affect a driver's timing..... I'd suggest you don't focus on Corvette. Mustang, or any other car. Use what you have and make it the best it can be. But be aware that most cars aren't worth the effort or expense. I used to run a "58 Corvette in Gymkhanas (1960s) and got surprised when a Porsche 914 beat my time. That really opened my eyes to what architecture can do instead of just raw power..... Suggestion: There are reasonably priced cars that do well in competition, like Toyota's Celica Supra and some small Hondas. Do some research and find one that fits you, then get that Elantra out of your life; like dumping a cheating girlfriend. You'll be better for it..... Best Of Luck, Ed.

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