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Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima suffered a catastrophic failure during the Race to the Sky in New Zealand that shot his car down a hill. He was unharmed, though, and even joked about the incident.

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Bulgarian tuner Prospeed has built a replica of Audi's fabled S1 World Rally Championship mauler out of a garden-variety Audi Coupe, and it's a convincing-looking beast. Helping in its bid for authenticity is genuine Group B horsepower: 800 ponies, to be exact. It won the Bulgarian Hillclimb Championship last year, and it recently ran up an incline at the Kyustendil Hillclimb, part of this year's championship series.

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In yet another win for alternative-powered Le Mans prototypes, Drayson Racing's B12/69EV set a new record for electric cars at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The emissions-free, 850 hp Lola-Drayson prototype finished the 1.16 mile hillclimb in just 53.53 seconds, taking 11th overall.

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No, that's not a Mitsubishi i-MiEV in a fat suit, it's the automaker's brand-new all-electric race car, and it's set to take on the 2012 Pike's Peak International Hill Climb in July. This isn't the first time we've seen an EV enter the Pike's Peak challenge – Nissan commissioned a Leaf for battle last year, a car that set the bar for all future electric racers.

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No, that's not a Mitsubishi i-MiEV in a fat suit, it's the automaker's brand-new all-electric race car, and it's set to take on the 2012 Pike's Peak International Hill Climb in July. This isn't the first time we've seen an EV enter the Pike's Peak challenge – Nissan commissioned a Leaf for battle last year, a car that set the bar for all future electric racers.

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2012 will be the first year that the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be held on an entirely paved road, and while many who have long been involved with the event are bemoaning the loss of the gravel sections, the full tarmac course has piqued interest in the race. In fact, event organizers are considering adding a second race day for 2013. This time last year only 46 racers has expressed interest in participating in the event, but that number is already up to 170 for next year's race.

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We've grown accustomed to seeing all manner of modified machinery power through the sand in an attempt to get to the top of a hill. We're even used to seeing vintage German machinery do the deed... that is, if you count sand rails and buggies built using air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle bits and pieces.

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Nothing incinerates a perfectly good set of tires better than a drift car. And no drift car makes as much smoke as Kenneth Moen's turbocharged Toyota Supra. Yes, Ken Block turns out some great videos with high production values and plenty of tail-wagging craziness... but wait 'til you get a load of this.

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Jeff Zwart's Porsche 911 GT3 scales Pikes Peak – Click above to watch video after the jump

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Rhys Millen's Pikes Peak World Record Attempt - Click above to watch the video after the jump

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Jeff Zwart qualifies at Pikes Peak – Click above to watch the video after the jump

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Yokohama Electric EV Sports Concept HER-02 at Pikes Peak – click above for hi-res image

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Jaguar XK120M racing to the top – click above image to watch the video

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RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580 – Click above for high-res image gallery

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The Hyper PRO Racer – Click above to view the video after the jump

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Hillclimbs in Iceland – Click above to watch video

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Ford Fiesta RallyCross "Peak Performance" - click above to watch video after the jump

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Monster's Suzuki SX4 Sport - Click above for a high-res image gallery

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Rhys Millen's Hyundai Genesis Coupe at Pikes Peak - Click above for high-res image gallery

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