With more than 20 years racing experience, Rhys Millen has carved out a solid career and reputation, becoming one of the most sought after performance divers in the motion picture and U.S automotive scene.
Born in New Zealand in 1972, Rhys is the son of famed rally and off-road racer Rod Millen. Rhys joined Rod in the United States as a teenager and founded Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) at the age of 21. RMR is an automotive fabrication, composite and design facility concentrating on Rally, drift, off-road and movie car preparation.
Along with countless titles in Stage Rally and Rally-Cross, 2005 Formula Drift Champion and 2008 World Drift Champion, Rhys also holds several world titles at the famed Pikes Peak Hill Climb winning overall in 2012.
In 2015 Rhys's second overall win at Pikes Peak made history when he completed the race in a specially prepared four-wheel drive 1200hp electric vehicle designed specifically for the event.
Building off last year’s successes, Rhys Millen followed up with an impressive 2016 season In the 2016 Score International Baja 1000, Rhys Millen and his RZR XP 1000 EPS earned the top honors in the Pro UTV (naturally aspirated) class by beating out all 16 high-powered starters in his division, as well as, taking the overall Pro UTV victory by outpacing 20 starters from the faster Pro UTV FI (forced induction) class. To add to his success Millen took his unenviable starting position of 220th out of 279 total competitors all the way to an impressive 34th overall finish.” The Baja 1000 is one of the most grueling races in the world and we are proud to say that Rhys Millen relied on Pennzoil 10W-40 motor oil and Pennzoil Platinum™ 75W-90 gear oil to power him through to the finish line.
In his 2016 return to Pikes Peak, Rhys Millen conquered the fiercest competitor in racing – the clock. His outstanding run resulted in becoming the first driver to break the nine-minute barrier in an electric vehicle. He shattered the previous record by achieving the summit in 8:57.118 with Pennzoil Platinum™ 75W-90 gear oil coursing through his vehicle. With his sights set on breaking 8:30 next year, we can’t wait for an encore.
Outside of racing Rhys is also a stunt driver for Hollywood films such as The Dukes of Hazard, Indiana Jones, Herbie Fully Loaded, Fast and Furious 3 Tokyo Drift, FF4, FF5 and FF7.
You'll recognize some of Millen's most recent stunt and precision driving work- behind the wheel of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in Pennzoil Airlift Drift, the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB in JOYRIDE Circuit, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon in JOYRIDE Baja, and finally, the BMW M6 Coupe in JOYRIDE Tundra. With each jaw-dropping stunt, Rhys Millen continues to assert himself as one of the premier precision-drivers behind the wheel of just about any vehicle – behind the wheel of just about any vehicle – which is why he was a no-brainer to pilot the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR to a worthy send-off in our film, The Last Viper. Pennzoil considers it an honor to play a role in his illustrious career.