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You won't see this SUV in the parking lot at your local grocery store, although Gran Turismo fans should recognize it. It's the unlimited hillclimb version of the Suzuki Escudo (Grand Vitara), driven by Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, the Chairman of Suzuki Sport, the motorsports arm of Suzuki Motor Corp. This past weekend, Monster Tajima drove the Suzuki Batmobile to a record seventh win in New Zealand's "Race to the Sky" hillclimb, setting a new course record in the process.

Monster's ride has some impressive specs:
  • 2.7-liter V6 twin-turbo, producing 995 hp at 8,100 rpm
  • steel space frame
  • carbon/kevlar body
  • sequential six-speed gearbox
  • all-wheel drive
  • mammoth downforce-generating aerodynamic aids, including supersized front splitter, rear wing and underbody diffuser
  • all-up weight (including driver and fuel) of only 2,244 lb!
More details on this all-out Suzuki and its 56-year-old (!) pilot here.

[Sources: Suzuki Sport via gizmag.com]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Twin turbo, twin engined Vitara...

      Heck yeah!

      • 9 Years Ago
      this is a toy-sized model
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Looks like it can fly"

      "Time to unpimp ze auto"
      • 9 Years Ago
      One of the Suzuki's fixed up Grand Vitaras had a twin-turbo set up. I wonder how many horse power that thing makes...
      • 9 Years Ago
      This looks as close to a production Vitara as a Ford Fusion running Nascar to a real Ford fusion.

      Kudos for squeezing out 995 Mph out of the engine.

      What's wrong with 56 years old(!)? Now if ti would be 85, we'd be surprised he can drive without the left blinker on at-all-times.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I hate the old people that are mentioned by rip in post #3.
      • 9 Years Ago
      /scratches head

      why a Vitara? i know that at its heart its a car, but wouldn't something with a lower center of gravity to start with be a better choice? (not that this thing shares a single component with a 'real' Vitara anyway, but still, its the same NAME as their cute-ute)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Nice...if you`ve ever playin grand tourismo, there is another suzuki`s "monster", aerio pikes peak, but the vitara is better than the aerio...

      mmm, i want to learn more about underbody diffuser, this car is definitely use an underbody diffuser, because those large spliter at front&huge rear wing will be useless without an underbody diffuser..

      can everybody or anybody give me an internet address or any literature so i can learn more about underbody diffuser, with picture will be better:)

      thanks a lot anyway for everybody...

      peace&please regards this monster, becase a ferrari has a massive speed caused by its 5000cc engine, so does the mustang, and this car, 2700cc engine and almost a thousand horse power..can you imagine how bad the engineer working on this car..so give your respect!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oh, I recognize it all right... this thing was as close as you could get to a cheat code in GT2. (Yes, I am an unapologetic nerd.)

      Suzuki is such a tease. They build this, and the sportiest thing we get in the States is a Reno?
      • 9 Years Ago
      OMG That thing is ugly.
      • 9 Years Ago
      it looks like a kids toy. but it was fun to drive in gran turismo.