Pikes Peak Int'l event news 2010-04-19

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A First Look at Rhys Millen's RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580 As He Prepares For Assault On The Ten-Minute Barrier At The 88th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb June 27 Colorado Springs, April 19----- Pikes Peak International Hill Climb...

A First Look at Rhys Millen's RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580 As He Prepares For Assault On The Ten-Minute Barrier At The 88th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb June 27

Colorado Springs, April 19----- Pikes Peak International Hill Climb fans got the good news last week that the veteran Rhys Millen will go all-out to smash the ten-minute barrier in a new, never-before-seen race car, the 2010 RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580 in his"Operation Record Retrieval."

Today, they get a first peek at the sleek new machine he will drive during the 88th Race To The Clouds on June 27 in Colorado Springs.

Millen, a 17-year veteran on the Hill, set a world record on the Hill last year in winning the Time Attack 2WD division in his Hyundai Genesis Coupe. The Red Bull driver set the new world mark of 12:09.397 last summer in the Time Attack event on the 156-turn mountain course, beating his own personal best by 22 seconds, coming home 1:23 ahead of the next fastest car in his division.

He is shifting to the high-profile Unlimited Division this year along with another PPIHC veteran Paul Dallenbach, and taking on four-time champ Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, who returns in his 885-horsepower AWD Suzuki.

"We are building a car for today's road," said Millen "The car will have a sleek aerodynamic body, the grip of Toyo Proxy tires and the power and durability of a Hyundai engine. This is the package I need to break the record."

Here's today's Official Press Release:

In the world of racing, Unlimited, means "Anything Goes." Unlike other forms of motorsport (NASCAR, Indy Car, F1, etc.) the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Unlimited Class gives teams the freedom to create any kind of race car they want to conquer the mountain without restrictions on tires, weight and horsepower. Teams can make their cars as light as possible, with an unlimited amount of horsepower and with whatever braking, drivetrain or suspension package they desire.

With this in mind, Rhys Millen Racing is fabricating a modern Le Mans style car with a target weight of 1,850 pounds powered by a 4.1-liter Hyundai Lambda turbocharged V6 engine. The team feels to have a competitive power-to-weight ratio, the car will need to produce 675 horsepower. Current engine testing shows the engine is capable of producing 750 horsepower, which is more than needed to tackle the mountain.

The car will feature a carbon fiber aerodynamic body with an active rear wing. The wing will create less drag in the straight-aways and more stability in cornering and braking. Active wings are outlawed in other forms of racing.

"We are building a car for today's road," said Millen "The car will have a sleek aerodynamic body, the grip of Toyo Proxy tires and the power and durability of a Hyundai engine. This is the package I need to break the record."

The RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580 will use an active center differential. This differential will allow a 10 to 100 percent torque split to the front wheels. This is important because the course changes from asphalt to dirt multiple times and allows the Genesis PM580 to have more than one set up on the 12.42-mile course. The car will be ideal on the mixed surface at Pikes Peak. The Genesis PM580 address a fundamental reason on perhaps why the 10-minute record has not fallen. Most race cars do not work well on both dirt and asphalt.

SPECIFICATIONS
Chromoly frame and roll cage
Two Quaife differentials
Weismann semi-automatic AWD transmission
Tilton Racing clutch
3.8-liter Lambda V6 engine stroked to 4.1-liters
HKS T04Z turbocharger
Bar and plate intercooler
Custom RMR stainless exhaust manifolds
Carbon fiber Brembo brakes and pads
17-inch HRE wheels
275/40 Toyo rear tires
RMR customer carbon fiber body with front and rear diffusers
Active wing by Aeromotions

Eleven returning champions are among 100 competitors already registered for the race, the nation's second oldest motor sports race behind the Indianapolis 500.

The 2010 event should continue the excitement and heated competition that marked last summer's chase that attracted 163 racers in 17 classes who attacked the 12.42 mile course with 156 turns to the 14,110-foot summit.

The popular Fan Fest, presented by Budweiser, which attracted almost 35,000 fans to downtown Colorado Springs to meet the drivers and racers, see their cars, trucks and motorcycles, and enjoy music, food and special events, is set for Friday, June 25, from 5:00-10:00 p.m.

Race tickets & camping permits are now available for purchase through the PPIHC web site (www.ppihc.com)

Tickets: General Admission - $40 (Race Day $45)

VIP - $80 (start line area only); includes: breakfast, lunch and beverages
*pre-purchase only, not available on race day

Family 4-Pack - $125 (4 general admission tickets; reg. price $160)
*pre-purchase only, not available on race day

Camping - $75 through April 30; May 1, the permit fees will be $100; only 200 permits are available. This is the only day camping is allowed on Pikes Peak each year.

Tickets are available at:

  866-464-2626 or  Colorado Springs Ticketswest office:  719-576-2626

TicketsWest Box Office locations and King Soopers Locations

-source: ppihc

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