Rhys Millen set the Time Attack 2WD class record in his carbon-bodied Genesis Coupe during last year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This year, he will be driving an all-new Hyundai racecar and is gunning for the world record of 10 minutes and 1.408 seconds held by Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima.
“Breaking into the 9s has been a desire of mine for the last 10 years,” said Millen. “I finally have the team, support, and infrastructure to put in a serious effort to go after the world record. The main focus is to be the fastest car up the hill, slay the Monster and get the record back in the family name, the Millen name.”
Rhys Millen’s father, Rod, set the Pikes Peak bar in 1994 with a time of 10 minutes and 4.06 seconds. Thirteen years later, Tajima took the title, but Rhys will not let him keep it without a fight. To further enhance the familial ties, father Rod will be testing the never-before-seen Hyundai racecar in early June due to a scheduling conflict with Rhys’ Formula Drift series. Rhys will be in Wall, New Jersey at the time.
Currently in its 88th edition, the Pikes Peak event is an annual hill climb held in Colorado. It is the second-oldest motorsport race in America and consists of a 5000-foot ascent through 156 tight turns. Competitors start at an elevation of 9390 feet and finish at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak. As the course is a natural terrain road, the conditions can change very quickly and unexpectedly, keeping racers on their toes.
The 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be held June 27. To see what all the hubbub is all about, check out this teaser video.