• Jul 21, 2007
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Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima has accomplished what he set out to do at Pikes Peak. Today, the 57-year-old Japanese driver piloted his immensely powerful, spectacularly bewinged Suzuki XL7 Hill Climb Special up the mountain and completed the 156-turn course in 10 minutes, 1.408 seconds, eclipsing Rod Millen's 1994 mark of 10 minutes, 4.06 seconds. According to the Associated Press, Tajima was quoted as saying, "It's fantastic. I'm very happy. I want to try again and beat the 10-minute barrier." We've no doubt that he'll be back again next year, looking to do exactly that. In the meantime, Tajima can sleep soundly, knowing that today, a Monster was crowned King of the Mountain.

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[Source: AP via Sports Illustrated]




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      • 7 Years Ago
      Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima ,

      Congratulations. You have made Suzuki and American Suzuki Motor Corporation proud! Next year less than 10!

      David Harris
      ASMC E-Business Manager
      • 7 Years Ago
      They laid down a lot of extra pavement and all they could muster is 2.5 seconds? That's not very impressive in my book. Rod still holds the title in my opinion.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Considering that Rod Millen has a lot of experience running this hill climb, and this newcomer did it with a beast of a car, I would say this is a fair and gentlemanly show of skill.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Check your facts, Tajima is hardly new to Pikes Peak. He was the one who lost to Millen when Millen broke the record in '94. If you Google it, he's been there pretty readily since then trying again and again to beat him. A quick search shows that he's been there at least in '92, '93, '94 '95, '96, 2000, '01, '06, and '07.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's awesome. I hope my life is that exciting when I'm 57.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but after 13 years of development they only managed to take 3 seconds off the record? Does anyone else think thats sounds shockingly poor?

      If you took a WRC car from 1994, and put it against a WRC car from now...you'd be able to blitz it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hardly poor. This is orders of magnitude more complicated than WRC, due to the difficulty and extreme altitude of the course. Also consider how far a vehicle going even 80mph travels in three seconds; you're talking about a several hundred foot distance. Monster's victory was substantial, especially considering that most victories on this mountain have been by a margin of tenths of a second.

        As an aside, did anybody catch what a sniveling little asswipe Rhys Millen was being? Has that guy EVER heard of sportsmanship?
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's simply awesome !
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why do these Pike's Peak cars look so radical; is the required downforce to keep them form careening down the mountain?
        • 7 Years Ago
        At 12-14,000 feet the air density is so low that even more conventional ground effects wouldn't be sufficient. You're dealing with elevations nearly THREE MILES above sea level; I've seen marathoners from LA collapse on Pike's Peak due to lack of oxygen. I'm from the area and have climbed it five times, and it's still never easy. The huge wings and such are necessary to keep the thing on the ground and provide traction.

        Incidentally, that's why the thing is rated at 1000+ hp; it's producing far less than that at altitude, but big turbos are the only thing that will suck in enough air to develop any power at all. Driving to the top dramatically reduces what power you have available; any naturally aspirated engine turns into a hamster wheel above 10,000 feet.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Look at what a WRC car looks like compared to stock with "just" 300hp, this car has 1000hp so I'd want as much downforce as possible if I was driving the thing up a mountain.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's like asking why top fuel dragsters look so radical.
      • 7 Years Ago
      only video i could find so far.. pretty wicked :)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqqH1WoJS9M
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is Monster's moment, and he deserves to be congratulated.

      But the main picture of the "car" accompanying the article really highlights how it has nothing in common with a real Suzuki. Looks like an F1 car with a fake XL7 body stretched around it. NASCAR racers look "stock" compared to that thing!
      • 7 Years Ago
      XL7?? The only XL7 thing about that is the name on the decals. I guess the "Suzuki, 1000hp special purpose for P.P.'s hill climb record vehicle" isn't very good for the marketing boys. Congrats all the same!
      • 7 Years Ago
      sweet
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah but it's the unlimited class. So you can have a unlimited car. This type of car is what I think Pikes Peak is all about.
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