Back in 2007, Monster broke Rod Millen's 13-year record in his Suzuki XL7 Hill Climb Special, but missed out on the 10 minute mark by a whisker of just 1.408 seconds. This year, he came back on a mission: to break Pikes Peaks' 10-minute barrier, and so he did. The machine Tajima used is just as monstrous as the man himself and bears little resemblance to its road-going counterpart, the “Monster Sport SX4 2011 Pikes Peak Special.” And beyond its stature as an engineering masterpiece, it’s basically a powerful engine strapped on to four wheels with huge wings mounted front and back to keep it from taking off. With a 900 horsepower 3.1 liter twin-turbo V6 sitting in the middle of its tubular chassis, this lightweight 1,090kg beast is surely one hell of a thrill ride.
Sadly though, this will be the last year where Pikes Peak will be run with a dirt road section. So before the 20-kilometer stretch gets fully-paved in 2012, sit back and marvel as Monster Tajima races into the clouds and shatter Pikes Peak's 10-minute barrier.
GoPro preview to the 2011 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb
Monster Tajima's record-breaking 9 minute 51.278 second run
Full GoPro edit of Monster Tajima's record-breaking run