In case you weren't already excited for this year's Pikes Peak rally, we now have a really good reason you should be: Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima will be fielding this radical Super 86 racer, based on the Toyota 86 sports car.
Ok, so saying that the Super 86 is "based on" the Toyota 86 is a bit of a stretch – this is not your average two-door. While Monster Sport and Tajima have yet to detail exactly what is producing the ferocious amount of power in the Super 86, we can tell you that it's definitely not the 200-hp boxer-four normally found under the 86's hood. What we can tell you, however, is that the Super 86 has seen a complete transformation including a bespoke chassis that appears to place the engine aft of the driver, and the addition of a mechanical all-wheel drive system. According to Monster Sport's website, the 20-inch tires the Super 86 is equipped with can barely put down the "immense power" down at full throttle.
Last year, Monster Tajima took the crown at Pikes Peak, breaking the 10-minute barrier in the Colorado race. The 9:51.278 time was accomplished in a 910-hp Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special, and he previously set the race record in 2007 with a time of 10:01.408. The current record for the 12.42-mile race was set last year by Rhys Millen at a quick 9:46.164.
Painted in black with a humongous rear wing, Tajima's Super 86 will definitely have an imposing presence at this year's Pikes Peak race, which will be held on Sunday, June 30. Check out this preview of Monster Tajima's Super 86 below.
Source: Monster Sport