To φετινό Pikes Peak πλησιάζει και αποκαλύπτονται σιγά σιγά τα αυτοκίνητα που συμμετέχουν στην θρυλική ανάβαση στους λόφους του Κολοράντο. Ο θρύλος της διαδρομής, ο Ιάπωνας Tajima θα συμμετέχει και φέτος στην ανάβαση με ένα άκρως τροποποιημένο Suzuki SX4.

Πέρυσι το βελτιωμένο Suzuki SX4 είχε έναν κινητήρα “μόνο” 2.7-λίτρων. Φέτος την θέση του πήρε ένας twin-turbo V6 3.1-λίτρων αγνώστου ιπποδύναμης. Το SX4 έχει μήκος μικρότερο από 5.2 μέτρα και ζυγίζει λιγότερο από 1.090 κιλά. Το 2007, το Monster είχε κάνει νέο ρεκόρ στο Pikes Peak με χρόνο 10:01.41. Τι λες, φέτος θα το σπάσει το ρεκόρ αυτό το νέο Monster;

Το Pikes Peak Hill Climb θα διεξαχθεί στις 26 Ιουνίου, για να συνεχίσει μια παράδοση που ξεκίνησε το 1916. Στην 89η ανάβαση θα συμμετέχουνε μεταξύ άλλων, το Dacia Duster με τον κινητήρα του GT-R, ο Paul Dallenbach με ένα πρωτότυπο 1307 ίππων αλλά και το Nissan Leaf.

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Record Holder “Monster” Tajima Looks to Conquer the Legendary Hill

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.(June 20, 2011)– Driving his modified 2011 Monster Sport (Suzuki) SX4 Hill Climb Special, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima will pursue his sixth consecutive overall win and a shot at breaking the elusive 10-minute barrier at the 89th Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday, June 26. Team Monster Sport will compete in the Unlimited class, and will be hosted by McCloskey Suzuki of Colorado Springs during the two weeks of race preparations.

Monster Tajima first challenged Pikes Peak, North America’s second oldest motorsports event, in 1988. His first win in the Unlimited division took place in 1993, followed by his second overall title in 1995. Fast forward to 2006, and his overall win that year primed the pump for a record-breaking run of 10 minutes and 1.41 seconds in 2007.

Monster will again be defending his title against several worthy competitors, the most formidable being Rhys “We Fear No Monster” Millen, who will drive an aggressively modified Hyundai Genesis. Millen placed third in the race last year.

In the world-famous climb to the clouds, it’s all about power and piloting prowess.  To that, may the best man (or monster) win.

2011 Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special

Based on a Low drag and High down force concept developed for the Pikes Peak race and following exhaustive tests in the Monster Sport wind tunnel facility, the Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special has undergone extensive aerodynamic changes to adapt better to the modified road surface, which now consists of more smooth tarmac and less gravel than was present during last year’s race. The car is powered by a 3100cc Twin Turbo Monster Special V6 powerplant, boasting an impressive 910 horsepower.

For more information on the 2010 Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special and Team Monster Sport, please visit

The 89th Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The race is a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begin at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. The thin air slows drivers’ reflexes and muscle strength, and robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. The race has 11 classes and features a variety of automotive, semi truck, exhibition, open wheel, super stock car, pro stock and motorcycle classes with a field of almost 200 competitors. Practice and qualifying take place June 23-25 leading up to the race on Sunday, June 26th. For more information, please visit:

About McCloskey Suzuki

McCloskey Suzuki is hosting Team Monster during their stay in Colorado Springs. The McCloskey Auto Group founders, Joe and Ann McCloskey, have held the honor of being one of the largest volume Suzuki dealers from 2004-2011. The McCloskey organization has been the recipient of numerous national sales performance and superior business practices awards.