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Monster Tajima wins Pikes Peak for sixth consecutive time - breaks 10 minute barrier [video]

Nobuhiro 'Monster' Tajima has won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the sixth consecutive time - eleven times in total since 1988.

Piloting a specially adapted Suzuki SX4 with a twin turbocharged 3.1-liter V6 producing 924 PS (680 kW / 912 bhp) and 890 Nm (656 lb-ft) of torque, the hill climb master experienced a blown radiator and a sudden loss of power steering in the final leg up the famous course. Despite this the 60-year-old has become the first person to break the fabled 10 minute barrier with a record time of 9 minutes, 51.278 seconds.

The gruelling Pikes Peak course runs 19.9 km consisting of 156 turns that begin at an altitude of 2860 meters (9383 feet) and finishes at the 4300 meter (14,107 feet) summit of Pikes Peak. The dramatic rise in altitude deprives engines of 30 percent of their power at the summit and competitors employ special oxygen breathing apparatus to combat the changes in air pressure.

Source: Suzuki

"MONSTER" BREAKS PIKES PEAK WORLD RECORD AND ELUSIVE 10 MINUTE BARRIER

History is made as Monster Tajima Earns Sixth Consecutive Win

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.(June 27, 2011)- All hail the monster! Driving his modified 2011 Monster Sport (Suzuki) SX4 Hill Climb Special, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima broke his own former world record, as well as the seemingly unattainable 10-minute mark, all while capturing his sixth consecutive overall win with a time of 09:51:58 at the 89th Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

On a fiercely competitive day, Monster conquered the climb decisively, mastering the Peak's winding and perilous path to the top. Team Monster Sport's SX4 Hill Climb Special was unyielding, making full use of its racecar chassis and 900-plus horsepower.

Monster Tajima first challenged Pikes Peak, North America's second oldest motorsports event, in 1988. His first win in the Unlimited division took place in 1993, followed by his second overall title in 1995. Fast forward to 2006, and his overall win that year primed the pump for a record-breaking run of 10 minutes and 1.41 seconds in 2007.

In his pursuit of victory, Monster defeated several worthy competitors, the most formidable being Rhys "We Fear No Monster" Millen, who drove an aggressively modified Hyundai Genesis. Millen placed second in the race this year with a time of 10:09:24.

2011 Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special

Based on a Low drag and High down force concept developed for the Pikes Peak race and following exhaustive tests in the Monster Sport wind tunnel facility, the Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special has undergone extensive aerodynamic changes to adapt better to the modified road surface, which now consists of more smooth tarmac and less gravel than was present during last year's race. The car is powered by a 3100cc Twin Turbo Monster Special V6 powerplant, boasting an impressive 910 horsepower.

The 89th Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The race is a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begin at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. The thin air slows drivers' reflexes and muscle strength, and robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. The race has 11 classes and features a variety of automotive, semi truck, exhibition, open wheel, super stock car, pro stock and motorcycle classes with a field of almost 200 competitors. Practice and qualifying took place June 23-25 leading up to the race on Sunday, June 26th.

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useurbrain4once
that's one of the scariest shit I ever saw! Gotta have nerves of steel to drive that fast on that road. I had to remind myself to breathe as I watched that video. Just amazing....smh! And the grin on his face... absolutely priceless!!
Jun 29, 2011 2:40 pm
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Andy_Turbo
INCREDIBLE!!!!! amazing how suzuki has domintaed in this event and the engineering work done on their cars. running a 900+hp twin turbo v6 flat out for 10 minutes on this track must feel like a mini trip to heaven. only thing is i dont have the balls to move that fast and so precise..............isnt this guy a geezer or something (60yrs). wish u were my dad mannnn. ur awesome!!!!!!
Jun 29, 2011 10:01 am
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freeway
wow... great film... I've almost tasted the adrenalin flowing just by simply watching this from the comfort of my house. A race from the beginning to the end... and not as seen on TV when they present images taken from a helicopter, from the side of the road, a.s.o... yes, I loved it... the speed, the rush... wow... that's what we call driving. Now I think I'll watch it again :)... and BTW, this Pikes Peaks is simply breathtaking and scary in some parts
Jun 29, 2011 6:19 am
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porschecarreragtmay6
Next year, all of the dirt is supposed to be paved with concrete, so I bet we'll see plenty of times well below the 10 minute mark next year. Still, what a feat! It looks horrifying how fast he is going in the video!
Jun 28, 2011 11:16 am
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Douglas6250
I guess this means that we may not see these amazing purpose built vehicles again ? I mean, these cars only exist to find the balance to be very fast both on dry tarmac and on the dirt. When it's all paved wouuldn't the participants go on and use normal racing cars with slicks ??
Jun 28, 2011 11:48 am
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BrianWCF
Video added to article.
Jun 28, 2011 10:54 am
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RoadRunner
lol The next on/off road Buggati Veyron and well done too !!!
Jun 28, 2011 9:58 am
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