"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.