Monster takes Pikes Peak
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.