Nobuhiro ‘Monster' Tajima has won the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the sixth consecutive time - eleven times in total since 1988.
Nobuhiro 'Monster' Tajima has won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the sixth consecutive time - eleven times in total since 1988.
Piloting a specially adapted Suzuki SX4 with a twin turbocharged 3.1-liter V6 producing 924 PS (680 kW / 912 bhp) and 890 Nm (656 lb-ft) of torque, the hill climb master experienced a blown radiator and a sudden loss of power steering in the final leg up the famous course. Despite this the 60-year-old has become the first person to break the fabled 10 minute barrier with a record time of 9 minutes, 51.278 seconds.
The gruelling Pikes Peak course runs 19.9 km consisting of 156 turns that begin at an altitude of 2860 meters (9383 feet) and finishes at the 4300 meter (14,107 feet) summit of Pikes Peak. The dramatic rise in altitude deprives engines of 30 percent of their power at the summit and competitors employ special oxygen breathing apparatus to combat the changes in air pressure.