Monster mash at Pikes Peak

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Suzuki rally legend Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima has broken the elusive 10-minute barrier with a record-break run at the world famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, defending his title as King of the Mountain.

Crossing the finish line in 9 minutes 51 seconds, Monster maintained his phenomenal winning streak that began in 2003.

Monster has been a fixture at the world famous event since 1988 and has now won the unlimited division a record ten times – all behind the wheel of Suzuki vehicles. This year he was behind the wheel of his SX4 race car.

After exhaustive tests in his wind facility, Monster’s 2011 SX4-based special underwent significant aerodynamic changes to adapt to the modified road surfaces for this year’s race.

And further development of his turbocharged 2.7-litre V6 engine – now measuring just over three litres’ capacity – has resulted in the SX4 special producing a phenomenal 680 kW of power and 890 Nm of torque.

The race is run on a 19.9 kilometre-long course with 156 turns that begins at an altitude of 2860 metres and finishes at the 4300 metre summit of Pikes Peak. 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.

More than 150 drivers took part in the 2011 Pikes Peak challenge, spread out among 18 classes.

Monster previously held the all-time course record with a time of 10 minutes 1.41 seconds set in 2007.

Monster Special Pikes Peak SX4

 

Frame

Steel space frame

Cowl/wings

Carbon and Kevlar composite

Type

Twin turbo DOHC V6

Bore x stroke

92.0×77.0mm

Capacity

3071cc

Power

680kW at 8750rpm

Maximum torque

890Nm at 5850rpm

ECU

MoTeC

Gearbox

Sequential 6-speed

Clutch

EXEDY Triple plate direct release

 

Front suspension

Independent by double wishbone

Rear suspension

Independent by double wishbone

Front brake

370 mm, eight pot ventilated disc

Rear brake

350 mm, eight-pot ventilated disc

Tyre

295/40 x 20-inch Falken ZIEX

Wheel

20 x 11J

Length

5200mm

Width

1960mm

Height

1580mm

Wheelbase

2818mm

Track

Front 1620mm / Rear 1610 mm

Race weight

1090kg

Weight distribution (f:r)

53:47

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