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Suzuki SX4 ‘Monsters’ Pikes Peak

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26th July, 2009

Suzuki rally legend Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima has reinforced his position as "King of the Mountain" after another dominant performance at the world famous Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in Colorado (USA).

Driving a new Suzuki SX4-based race car, Monster won the event for the fourth successive year and was never truly challenged by his rivals, including two-time WRC winner Marcus Gronholm.

Monster won the unlimited division in 10 minutes and 15.3 seconds, more than one minute clear of his nearest challenger.

“Ongoing construction works at the top section meant I couldn’t better my record time of 2007, but with the new SX4 I know I have the car to beat the magical 10 minute mark,” said Monster.

Monster has been a fixture at the world famous event since 1988 and has now won the unlimited division a record nine times – all behind the wheel of Suzuki vehicles.

His 2009 SX4-based special boasts a turbocharged 2.7-litre V6, producing a phenomenal 650 kW of power and a massive 880 Nm of torque.

The race is run on a 19.8 kilometre-long course with 156 turns that begins at an altitude of 2,860 metres and finishes at the 4,300 metre summit of Pikes Peak.

The dramatic rise in altitude robs engines of 30 per cent of their power at the summit and competitors employ special oxygen breathing apparatus to combat the changes in air pressure.


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