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Suzuki's new XL7 Pike's Peak hillclimb car

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This is Suzuki's new 2007 XL7 Pike's Peak hill climb challenge car with "Monster" Tajima at the wheels. Tajima is out to break the current record of 10:04 set back in 1994 by Rod Millen in a Toyota. The new Suzuki is powered by a twin turbo V6 producing 993hp and 737 lb/ft of torque. Downforce has been increased by 35% over the 2006 model. Press release pics continued..

Update: RECORD BROKEN!!! Tajima just broke the record with a time of 10:01...




 

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Monster Tajima will be challenging Pikes Peak this year with new machine "Suzuki Sport XL7 Hill Climb Special" to break the record.

Last year, Monster came back to Pikes Peak having 5 year break in between and achieved overall win. But he could not beat the record because of bad weather having the course to be shortened. This year, he has got new weapon.

The machine has changed to XL7 which is Suzuki's new flag ship in U.S.A. V6 VVT(Variable Valve Timing) 3.6 liter engine has been up suited with twin turbo charger, which is now producing 1007ps and 102kg-m. To get a grip on the road, aerodynamics has been refined and now it has increased the downforce of more than 35% compare to 2006 model. Falken has once again made the tyres for this machine. Everything is ready for to break the record.

Monster has won last year's Pikes Peak in severe weather condition. Then 2007 April, he has achieved overall win on "Race to the Sky" in New Zealand, which makes it 5 years in a row, total 8 wins in this event. Showing that he is the true "King of the Mountain" in "Race to the Sky".

Monster will aim for 10min. 04sec. 06 which has been marked by Rod Millen in 1994 with Toyota. This year, the race day has moved to mid July. The weather during the day will be very hot, yet you will never know how the mountain area weather changes. This is what makes Pikes Peak one of the difficult, yet challenging event in the world. Final is July 21st. Watch out on Monster Tajima and Suzuki Sport XL7 run up to the clouds!

Source: Suzuki Sport

UPDATE: Tajima has just broken the 13 year record held by Rod Millen with a new record time of 10:01. More information here.


Suzuki's new XL7 Pike's Peak hillclimb car

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