Monster Tajima preparing to take on Hyundai’s Genesis PM580 Pikes Peak challenger

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

On June 27, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima will attempt to achieve his fifth consecutive overall win while behind the wheel of his modified 2010 Monster Sport (Suzuki) SX4 Hill Climb Special.

If he does get the win at this race, he will be able to retain his legendary record at the 88th edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

It was in 1988 that Monster Tajima first participated in Pikes Peak, North America's second oldest motorsports event.

In 1993, he first won in the Unlimited division and in 1995, he had his second overall title. He won in 2006 but it was in 2007 that he accomplished a record-breaking run of 10 minutes and 1:41 seconds.

Monster Tajima will be competing against the likes of Rhys "We Fear No Monster" Millen, who will be driving a modified Hyundai Genesis against him in the unlimited class.

The 2010 Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special is based on a Low drag and High down force concept created for the 2009 Pikes Peak race. Extensive tests were also made in the Monster Sport wind tunnel facility.

Wide-ranging aerodynamic changes were also undertaken to better adapt to the modified road surface, which now has a smoother tarmac and less gravel than last year's race. The 3100cc Twin Turbo Monster Special V6 powerplant was also improved and it now boasts 910hp and 90.5 kg-m of torque.

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