Pikes Peak Recap: “Monster” Tajima Breaks 10-Minute Barrier, Porsche GT2 RS Sets Record

Two impressive records were set at the 86th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday. Not only was the overall course record broken by 10 seconds, but a Porsche 911 GT2 RS broke the standing record for street-legal vehicles.

The course record was broken by Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, who set a time of 9:51.278 in his 910-hp Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special. Tajima is no stranger to Pikes Peak, having set the prior course record of 10:01.408 in 2007. He was the overall winner of last year’s hill climb, but failed to break the magical 10-minute barrier until this year.

Covering the 12.42-mile, 156-turn hill climb in less than 10 minutes requires a serious performance machine — Tajima’s Suzuki race car packs a twin-turbocharged 3.1-liter V-6 engine producing 910 hp. The all-wheel-drive racer makes extensive use of carbon fiber for its body panels, helping keep weight to just 2596 pounds.

Porsche also managed to score a new record for street-legal vehicles. Driver Jeff Zwart piloted a Porsche 911 GT2 RS to a time of 11:07.869 — the car was mostly stock aside from some preparations for race use. That represents an all-time record for a street-legal vehicle at Pikes Peak and scored Zwart second place in the Time Attack 2WD class — finishing just six seconds behind Rod Millen in a Hyundai Genesis Coupe race car.

“We fell three seconds short of beating an all-out race car that is hundreds of pounds lighter with no street safety or emission equipment,” Zwart said. “I can’t see any sports car legal for the street beating us anytime soon.”

Sources: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Porsche

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