SCENES FROM THE 89TH ANNUAL PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB
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Published on Sun, Jul 3, 2011
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
SUZUKI AND THE MONSTER EARN 6TH CONSECUTIVE WIN, BREAK WORLD RECORD AND ELUSIVE 10 MINUTE BARRIER We hear lots about Audi’s domination at the 24-Hours of Le Mans. But back in the USA, Suzuki has been dominating another annual motorsport spectacle. At the 89th Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, driving the modified 2011 Monster Sport Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special, broke his own former world record, as well as the elusive 10-minute mark, all while capturing his sixth consecutive overall win with a time of 09:51:58. “In his pursuit of victory, Monster defeated several worthy competitors, the most formidable being Rhys ‘We Fear No Monster’ Millen,” says Janelle Miranda of American Suzuki. Millen drove an aggressively modified Hyundai Genesis, which took second in the race this year with a time of 10:09:24. “The Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special has undergone extensive aerodynamic changes to adapt better to the modified road surface, says Miranda. “It now consists of smoother 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, which this year generates 910 horsepower. For more information on the Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special and Team Monster Sport, visit monster-sport.com/ppihc. The Brea, California-based Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation was founded in 1963 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of approximately 300 automotive dealerships and numerous other motorcycle, ATV and marine distributors in 49 states. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 193 countries and regions. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com. .