Move Over Millen! Tajima Unveils His New "Monster Machine" For Latest Assault On Pikes Peak's Elusive Ten-Minute Mark On June 27
Colorado Springs, April 25------Last week it was Rhys Millen's announcement about his sleek new 2010 RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580 for"Operation Record Retrieval" on June 27 for the 88th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb that drew headlines across the world's motor sport family..
"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."
It did not take long for Unlimited Division defending champion Nobuhiro Tajima and his team to answer that challenge to the Japanese driver's string of titles in the nation's second-oldest motor sport race behind the Indianapolis 500.
Tajima, the crack Japanese driver who holds the course record of 10:01.408 (2007), defeated a world-class field last summer in 10:15.368 that included a trio of European rally car champions paced by Ford Rallycross Fiesta drivers Marcus Gronholm and Andreas Eriksson. It was his fourth straight Unlimited title.
Now, at the "Mega Web" - TOYOTA Motor Corporation's theme park facility in Odaiba, Tokyo, the "Monster Machine" has been trotted out to preview the 19th return of Tajima and his new weapon of choice for the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Challenge. www.monster-sport.com/pr/10/ppihc/100417/img1.jpg
Tajima's entry for 2010 is the Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special. Based upon a Low drag and High down force concept developed for the 2009 event and following exhaustive tests in the Monster Sport (Japan) wind tunnel facility, the 2010 race car has undergone extensive aerodynamic changes to adapt better to the further modified road surface which now consists of more smooth tarmac and less gravel than was present in 2009. Monster Sport has also further developed the 3100cc Twin Turbo Monster Special V6 powerplant, now boasting 910hp and 90.5kg-m of torque in an 1100kg body able to accelerate easily to speeds above 200km/h in a matter of seconds.
The official team name will again be "Team Monster with BC", the 'BC' standing for Japan's top selling "BEST CAR" magazine, technically supported by highly experienced World Championship- level engineers and technicians from both Monster Sport Japan and Australia and with valuable tire technology and support from FALKEN Tires USA.
After extensive local testing and development in Japan, the car and team will move to Colorado Springs in mid-June and following three days of sectional practice and qualifying on the Hill Climb course, will be ready to tackle the record on race day.
Also lining up against Millen and Tajima is the experienced Paul Dallenbach (Basalt, CO), who will sit behind the wheel of his 1999 Chevrolet. Dallenbach, one of the most decorated drivers in the event's history, won the Open Wheel division last year and is a three-time Overall Champion and five-time Division Winner. This will mark his 15th appearance in the event.
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)