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Two of Pikes Peak’s most seasoned veterans will have a showdown at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb when Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima and Rod Millen face off in the Electric Auto Division.
Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima knows a thing or two about cars having conquered the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb multiple times.
Last year, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima became the first driver to ever break the 10 minute barrier during the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
There’s no questioning Tajima’s reign on Pikes Peak, but this might surprise you. It appears that the famed driver is looking to surprise everyone by campaigning in an electric car for this year’s climb.
“This year we will challenge the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with EV (Electric Vehicle). I will challenge breaking my world record and would like to win seven consecutive victories,” Tajima wrote on his Facebook page.
Not only is he looking to break the EV record for the Hill Climb this year, he wants to reset the overall record that he set last year. Yeah, Tajima not only wants to shock the world by racing an EV up Pikes Peak, but he wants to do it in a fashion that solidifies EV performance. It’s actually not such an outlandish idea, considering EVs aren’t hindered by the increased elevation like a standard gasoline engine is.
Tajima’s Team APEV Monster Sports is still in the process of assembling the electric car so details are light on it currently. We’re not too far off from the actual event, so we’ll keep a close eye out for additional releases on what Tajima has up his sleeve this year.
“Monster” Tajima’s record-setting Pikes Peak car was heavily sponsored by GoPro Cameras, which is why it’s no surprise that they’re letting us experience the glory of the sub-10-minute run for ourselves.
Tajima’s Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special was outfitted with multiple cameras, capturing every angle of the epic run. GoPro’s dedicated team of boffins is editing the footage right now—good luck boys, and I’ll buy you a Red Bull Sugarfree for your efforts—but what we do have right now is the most important angle of all: the front view out the cockpit, shot on the GoPro Hero in full, glorious 1080p HD.
Watch Tajima storm the tarmac after the jump.
Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima is no stranger to Pikes Peak: he’s won the International Hill Climb five times, and currently holds the record for the fastest time up the mountain. This year, he’s aiming to win again, and who is his greatest opponent? Himself.
The current best time up the 12.42-mile course is 10:01.408, set by Monster himself in 2007. Cracking the 10-minute mark is the Holy Grail, the motorsports equivalent of the four-minute mile—but just as that challenge was cracked in 1954, so too will Pikes Peak be conquered in under 10 minutes.
Tajima is driving once again for Suzuki, this time in an SX4 Hill Climb Special with 910 horsepower. He will face challenges from Paul Dallenbach, Dave Carapetyan and Rhys Millen, who was favored to be the event’s front-runner last year in his Hyundai Genesis coupe but ultimately proved to be a dud. The festivities begin this Friday, June 24th, and the racing starts on the 26th in Colorado Springs.