• Jan 15, 2011
We assume that Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima is already thinking about his next run up Pikes Peak. His Suzuki SX4 hill-climb special is one step ahead and wearing a fresh new livery courtesy of sponsor GoPro. The car looks as unique as ever and our eyes are particularly drawn to the icy blue HRE wheels. They're custom-forged 20-inch rollers built to take the abuse that 910 horsepower and Mr. Monster throws at them. Hopefully at the 2011 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, we'll see this bright white-and-blue blur streak by on its way to a record-setting run.

[Source: HRE]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      all I have to say is LOL
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      My dad could have used it this past week to plow his driveway in Boston.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pikes Peak is no longer unpaved. The 2011 Climb to the Clouds will be the first where Pikes Peak will be completely paved from bottom to top. They've been adding paved sections the last few years, and they're going to the top this year.

      Expect records to be broken assuming weather is good.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Looks like you're right. While paving started right after the 2010 race, it will take two years to finish.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I've not hear that. The scheduled completion of the paving is 2012. I had previously heard that 2012 would be the 1st year with a fully paved track and I've not hear anything different since. Nor did I find any contrary to the 2012 completion during a quck search after reading your comment.

        If you have any additonal info, please provide a link or something.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's see how Tajima-San does on the Top Gear track in their SX4.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Got me ... The above statement was supposed to go with the comment below.

        Reading this, now, I'm even more confused ...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hey, I thought it was a funny line.

        And I even know why PP cars are designed for high downforce ...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Introducing, the first ever, race car with a carbon fiber dance floor.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, and look at the sofa attached to the back.~
        Have you ever seen a Pikes Peak car? I don't think you have.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks great but what is the Silver car next to it on the right?
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a Maserati MC12
        • 3 Years Ago
        Looks like a Maserati MC12 from photo angle
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maserati MC12 Corsa
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm guessing a racing prepped maserati mc12
        • 3 Years Ago
        Cheers Guys I think your right, Maserati MC 12, it foxed me for a bit.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure that's a Maserati.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are they serious with that thing on the front?
        • 3 Years Ago
        It doubles up as the picnic table at the top.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They are supposed to split the air, but the bumpy surface (especially the gravel sections) would destroy a low-slung splitter. Also, ground effect aerodynamics have got to be pretty unreliable on a part-gravel hill climb, the undulating and uneven surfaces wouldn't give you consistent downforce from the "venturi" effect of splitter/diffuser setups, given that splitter efficiency is very sensitive to ride height. It seems to me that Tajima's car is designed to have a high pressure zone right in front of the bumper to give it less efficient, but let's face it, more reliable downforce on the front end, and until Pikes Peak becomes fully paved, Rhys Millen's LMP-style car probably won't be the better machine.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Andre

        Actually, most of Pikes Peak is now paved. :(
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why's is six inches thick though? I thought splitters were supposed to split the air and not plow it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The air is so thin that even a ridiculous splitter and wing dont do all that much by the time you get to the top.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Google "pikes peak cars" in images and get familiarize to what pikes peak cars look like and why they have such big splitters/winglets up front, It's to provide extra down force for the front end, most of pikes peak is unpaved so going from paved to un-paved road, grip and control is utmost importance.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Are you not familiar with Pikes Peak or how much power this thing's putting down?

        I think aesthetic concerns take a back seat.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You obviously have never seen a pike's peak car before.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nah they just put it on there for a laugh - no reason whatsoever.
      brandon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is there any other car manufacturer as double-sided as Suzuki? On the one hand you have these Pikes Peak Specials on the other.... the Alto.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now that's a proper snow cleaning machine!
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