You won't see this SUV in the parking lot at your local grocery store, although Gran Turismo fans should recognize it. It's the unlimited hillclimb version of the Suzuki Escudo ( Grand Vitara), driven by Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, the Chairman of Suzuki Sport, the motorsports arm of Suzuki Motor Corp. This past weekend, Monster Tajima drove the Suzuki Batmobile to a record seventh win in New Zealand's " Race to the Sky" hillclimb, setting a new course record in the process.

Monster's ride has some impressive specs:
  • 2.7-liter V6 twin-turbo, producing 995 hp at 8,100 rpm
  • steel space frame
  • carbon/kevlar body
  • sequential six-speed gearbox
  • all-wheel drive
  • mammoth downforce-generating aerodynamic aids, including supersized front splitter, rear wing and underbody diffuser
  • all-up weight (including driver and fuel) of only 2,244 lb!
More details on this all-out Suzuki and its 56-year-old (!) pilot here.

[Sources: Suzuki Sport via gizmag.com]

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