Tajima Set For Another Monster Mash At Pikes Peak

Suzuki Monster Sport SX4 Pikes Peak

Suzuki rally legend Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima has returned to Colorado to defend his title as King of the Mountain at the world famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

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

This year he will be behind the wheel of his SX4 race car, aiming to maintain an unbeaten run that began in 2003.

After exhaustive tests in his wind facility, Monster’s 2011 SX4-based special underwent significant aerodynamic changes to adapt to the modified road surfaces for this year’s race.

And further development of his turbocharged 2.7-litre V6 engine – now measuring just over three litres’ capacity – has resulted in the SX4 special producing a phenomenal 680 kW of power and 890 Nm of torque.

The race is run on a 19.9 kilometre-long course with 156 turns that begins at an altitude of 2860 metres and finishes at the 4300 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.

More than 150 drivers will take part in the 2011 Pikes Peak challenge, spread out among 18 classes. Monster holds the all-time course record with a time of 10 minutes 1.41 seconds set in 2007.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.