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Monster Tajima and his Suzuki SX4 hill-climb special – Click above for high-res image gallery

While Rhys Millen and his new Hyundai V8 powered Pikes Peak challenger have been getting the most attention, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima has no intention of letting Millen capture all the glory without a fight. Tajima has been the dominant force at Pikes Peak in recent years and is the current overall record holders at 10:01.408, surpassing Rod Millen's run in 2007.

Tajima is back in Colorado this week with the latest edition of his Suzuki SX4 hill-climb special. The SX4 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.1-liter V6 generating 910 horsepower and 655 pound-feet of torque in a car that weighs just 2,425 pounds. Tajima has spent plenty of time in the wind-tunnel since last year's race refining the shape of his car to maximize down-force and reduce drag. It should be quite a battle on Sunday as the Tajima-Millen conflict resumes.

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*Monster mashes the pedal in pursuit of fifth consecutive win and elusive 10-minute barrier.
*Team Monster Sport accepts challenge from Hyundai racer Rhys Millen.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 23, 2010) – Driving his modified 2010 Monster Sport (Suzuki) SX4 Hill Climb Special, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima will further solidify his race to the clouds reputation with the pursuit of his fifth consecutive overall win and retention of his illustrious record at the 88th edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday, June 27.

Monster Tajima first challenged Pikes Peak, North America's second oldest motorsports event, in 1988. His first win in the Unlimited division took place in 1993, followed by his second overall title in 1995. Fast (make that 'very fast') forward to 2006, and his overall win that year primed the pump for a record-breaking run of 10 minutes and 1:41 seconds in 2007.

Monster Tajima will be defending his king of the mountain title against several worthy competitors, including the respected effort of Rhys "We Fear No Monster" Millen, who will pilot an aggressively modified Hyundai Genesis against him in the unlimited class. In this world-famous race to the clouds, may the best, and fastest, man win.

2010 Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special

Based on a Low drag and High down force concept developed for the 2009 Pikes Peak race and following exhaustive tests in the Monster Sport wind tunnel facility, the 2010 Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special has undergone extensive aerodynamic changes to adapt better to the modified road surface, which now consists of more smooth tarmac and less gravel than was present during last year's race. Monster Sport has also further developed the 3100cc Twin Turbo Monster Special V6 powerplant, now boasting an impressive 910 horsepower and 90.5 kg-m of torque.

For more information on the 2010 Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special and Team Monster Sport, please visit www.monster-sport.com/ppihc/.

About Suzuki
The Brea, Calif.-based Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) was founded in 1963 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of more than 300 automotive dealerships and numerous other motorcycle, ATV and marine distributors in 49 states. With global headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle, and outboard motor manufacturer. In 2009, SMC sold more than 2.3 million new cars and trucks and more than 2.8 million motorcycles and ATVs. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 196 countries and regions. For more information, visit www.media.suzukiauto.com. Suzuki can also be found on Twitter (@SuzukiAuto), Facebook (www.Facebook.com/SuzukiAuto) and YouTube (www.YouTube.com/SuzukiAutomotive).

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah yes, my old friend the dual engined Escudo, the Gran Turismo cheat code of a car.

      OK, this isn't the same car under the skin, but they look enough alike for me. Hope this sucker winds up in GT5.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ah yes. I used to make Frankenstein-mobiles in GT3 using a GameShark after I had beat the game enough times without any cheat codes. You'd be able to give the Escudo so much power that when you applied the accelerator, the car would just sit there in place with all 4 wheels spinning at 250mph.

        Also, if you did set it up just right (without any codes), you could get it to do a wheelie on the test oval.

        I loved the Escudo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Poor Tajima can't keep it straight either (1994-1995, including pic!)

        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, whatever, it's dual engined. And it has a trunk full of jelly beans, a glove box full of gold coins, and 1985's Heather Locklear in the passenger seat. The car is fueled by plutonium and bullet proof.

        At least, that's how it is when I'm playing.

        Don't tear down my dreams.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um the Escudo has never been twin-engined.

        People seem to get the Escudo mixed up with Monster's first Pikes Peak car, the Cultus.
        • 4 Years Ago

        old friend indeed

      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this climb on TV?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This sounds like the beginning of a joke:

      "A hyundai raced a suzuki up a mountain. Who won?"

      Yet - it feels nothing like that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Suzuki, you can make your Pikes Peak SX4 produce 900 horsepower, how about sparing a bit for your road going brethren?
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's also going to be Paul Dallenbach in the Unlimited Class this year as well. He's raced Pikes Peak for 14 years and has won the Open Wheel class 6 times now. Last year, he posted a 2nd best overall, 10m52s time(compared to Monster's 10m15s winning time in better weather) in his 2WD car while driving most of the race in a heavy downpour. That's a crazy fast time for a RWD, less powerful car, not to mention the weather he dealt with.

      I have to think he's got a chance to shake up this apple cart a bit. But, he doesn't have the name cache of a Monster or a Millen I guess, so it goes unsaid.

      So, I'm guessing the Fiesta boys decided 1 year was enough then??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey, AB...

      Have you guys ever heard of proofreading before releasing the article? You guys seem to be having this problem a lot.

      Rhys' car is powered by a 4.1L V6, not a V8.
        • 4 Years Ago
        gah... i stand corrected... my bad
        • 4 Years Ago
        You know, I'm getting real tired of this ranking/voting system you guys have.

        People ask a simple question, post correct information that isn't in the article, or saying they just like a car. Yet they get voted down by all these silent lurking trolls who absolutely contribute nothing to the comment sections.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Go count the exhaust ports and look at the feature article from the other day. It's a 3.6l that's been taken to 4.1l and turbocharged. 3 exhaust ports, 3 cylinders per bank.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anywhere to watch this battle?
      • 4 Years Ago
      And where can we watch this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      ..Dude looks like Shrek!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't want to see that thing in my rear-view mirror! Oh and the car is pretty badass too...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The size of that front splitter is lol worthy, I wonder how many lbs of down force it adds to the car above 100 mph.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously, that thing alone justifies the nickname "monster."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Has he been sued by Monster Cable yet?
        • 4 Years Ago

        You obviously are a little behind on the joke. Monster Cable has already tried sewing Monster Energy Drinks and many other companies with "monster" in their product's names.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They don't have a case against him. Different types of businesses. He's selling Monster spoilers not cables.
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