Cody Loveland, owner of LoveFab in Traverse City, Michigan, is joining the ranks of drivers for the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on August 12. Known especially for his work packing monstrous power into the Acura NSX, it's no surprise that he's whipped up his own unlimited-class chassis based on the legendary Japanese car that we'll dub the FrankeNSX and that rides on HRE wheels – the same rim-maker who will be supporting Rhys Millen and Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima.

The 850-horsepower, twin-turbo C96S LoveFab NSX is said to throw down 600 hp at the wheels. To see what it should look like running up the mountain, below are some short clips of it testing in the Michigan backwoods with just 500 hp at the wheels. And below that is a press release with more info.







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HRE Wheels Out In Force At 90th Pikes Peak Hill Climb

HRE Equips the Top Competitors at this year's Pikes Peak Hill Climb


San Diego, Calif. (July, 18 2012) – HRE Wheels will be supporting three completely new vehicles this year at the 90th running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb on Aug. 12. Rhys Millen, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima and newcomer Cody Loveland will be taking to the hill in new vehicles making their debut at this year's event.

Driver Rhys Millen will be battling in the Time Attack class in his 700-horsepower Hyundai Genesis Formula Drift car modified with a much wider HRE C90 wheel and tire setup filling the fenders of a time attack aero kit. Rhys hopes to outperform his father Rod Millen's run in the car last year.

HRE has also announced its involvement with LoveFab Inc. and its Pikes Peak Unlimited Class NSX. Driver Cody Loveland will be debuting the latest C96S model on the 850-horsepower twin-turbo Acura NSX set to make its first race at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Unlimited Class world record holder Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima will be taking on a new challenge this year in the Monster Sport E-RUNNER Pikes Peak Special. This one-off electric machine features a carbon fiber monocoque body with a unique bubble top cockpit. Monster will be running the same HRE P43S "Tajima specials" he ran on the Suzuki SX4 that broke the 10-minute barrier.

"We see Pikes Peak as one of the ultimate tests of our product and the machines they are featured on," said HRE Marketing and Motorsports Manager Mickey Andrade. "We love the event and being part of teams that are really pushing the boundaries of what can be done in a vehicle in extreme conditions."

Stay tuned for updates on other HRE projects and new models on the HRE Wheels Facebook: www.facebook.com/HREPerformanceWheels

About HRE Performance Wheels:
HRE designs, engineers and manufactures 3-piece and 1-piece forged aluminum alloy wheels for Racing, Performance & Luxury cars and SUVs in their San Diego, California-based, TÜV-approved facility. HRE's built-to-order wheel sets offer a customized choice of offsets, widths and finishes, resulting in a uniquely personal style and performance solution for each customer's application. HRE wheels are sold through select high-end car dealerships, specialty retailers and performance companies worldwide. For more information, visit www.hrewheels.com or call an HRE wheel expert at (760)598-1960 .

HRE GmbH: Friedrichstrasse 15 70174 Stuttgart,Germany. Phone + 49 711 490 39939, Fax + 49 711 490 39633, Email europe@hrewheels.com


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      Zeus
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a mental NSX. Always have loved these cars and this one is no exception. Sweeeet.
      Brett A MacPherson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its has 850 horsepower, and puts down 600 at the rear wheels? Those are some seeeerious drivetrain losses. Or poor editing.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Always wondered why these Unlimited class hillclimbers always end up with wings big enough to fly small aircraft (if they weren't upside down). Would you look at the size of the park bench on the FRONT of this NSX, let alone the monstrosity out back! I guess when you make it unlimited, it's no surprise you end up with aerodynamic appendages that would flatten a Honda Civic even if it had a 6" diameter fart can. Still, I thought being fully paved, the fastest Pikes Peak warriors would adapt a different stance to the maniac dirt clawing machine of Monster Tajima back in the day. And now I just made myself sad to think that there won't be a single clump of dirt for these beasts to slide over this year, and one of the coolest, most precarious climbs is just another mountain road. What's Pikes Peak without the taste of going slightly out of control on a slippery unstable surface with a sheer drop often inches away from your giant rear wing? It's what made the original record and 10 minute barrier so elusive. Still, back on topic, this FrankeNSX is absolutely amazing, and I'd still love to see and hear it crack the Peak.
        Donut
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        Pikes Peak takes place at extreme altitude (9400-14100ft). At those kinds of altitudes the air is thin, thus a normal sized wing doesn't cut it. The more surface area the air can cling onto the more downforce you will make at high altitudes.
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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      So as for stock NSX parts, we have what? Cylinder block, head castings, maybe the crank, and probably the gearbox case. I enjoy seeing what people come up with when there are virtually no rules. I imagine those huge wings come in real handy when the air gets thin at 14k feet, and why they seem so oversized compared to cars that race at sea level.
        ThinkAboutIt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Well there's that (thin air). But it's probably more like the fact that while these guys are rippin' it to get to the peak, downforce is far more important than aerodynamic drag on a course like Pikes Peak with a lot of low-speed corners. Big wings generate BIG downforce numbers, even at low speeds. This was a trend in autocross for a short time, until officials noted the cartoonish character of wings for low-speed aerodynamics and the real risk of losing that massive downforce if something malfunctioned in mid-corner and started legislating against massive wings for parking lot racing.
        evannever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        @ThinkAboutIt, I think you're totally right. I drove up Pikes Peak last week and the switch backs are tight and numerous. Standard wings give down force at highway speeds. They'll be lucky to hold 30mph is some of those turns.
      carcrazed4life
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a vision of Cody demonically laughing at me for keeping my 97 NSX stock with regards to the motor :(
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      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another prime example of why nothing from today's honda is worth buying.
      BryanGx
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure it's fast and it gets my respect, but honestly that's the ugliest thing I've ever seen. I wonder how many 10 year olds kids have posters of that thing in their bedrooms.
      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to know how much the rear wing alone weighs on this thing...
      Esteban Rápido
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like a R/C car
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