Mon­ster takes Pikes Peak

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SUZUKI rally leg­end Nobuhiro “Mon­ster” Ta­jima has claimed his fifth suc­ces­sive vic­tory at the world fa­mous Pikes Peak In­ter­na­tional Hill­climb in Colorado, USA.

Driv­ing a mod­i­fied SX4 race car com­plete with twin-turbo V6, Mon­ster was never truly chal­lenged by his ri­vals, win­ning the un­lim­ited di­vi­sion in 10 min­utes and 11.49 sec­onds – al­most 30 sec­onds clear of his near­est chal­lenger.

The tur­bocharged 2.7-litre V6 en­gine in the SX4 pro­duces a phe­nom­e­nal 679kW of power and 887Nm of torque.

The race is run on a 19.9km course with 156 turns that be­gins at an al­ti­tude of 2860m and fin­ishes at the 4300m sum­mit of Pikes Peak.

A to­tal of 152 driv­ers com­peted in the 2010 Pikes Peak chal­lenge, spread out among 18 classes. Mon­ster holds the all-time course record with a time of 10 min­utes 1.41 sec­onds set in 2007.

The dra­matic rise in al­ti­tude robs en­gines of 30 per cent of their power at the sum­mit and com­peti­tors em­ploy spe­cial oxy­gen breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus to com­bat the changes in air pres­sure.

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