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Rhys Millen Sets New Pikes Peak Hill Climb Record 13
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Hyundai, Motorsports, News, Pikes Peak, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Rhys Millen Racing on 08 13th, 2012

Image: Hyundai

Now that the the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been run, the mountain has crowned a new champion and, as expected, a new record time. Rhys Millen, driving a specially prepared Hyundai Genesis Coupe, ran the course from start to finish in 9:46.164, breaking Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima’s previous record by some five seconds.

Fans of the race will be quick to point out that Millen’s record was achieved on a completely paved course, while Tajima achieved his on a mix of asphalt and dirt. As Motor Authority reports, Tajima didn’t even complete this year’s run in his electric-powered Monster Sport E-Runner, as a mechanical or electrical issue sidelined him mid-run.

Millen ran the even in the same car he campaigns in Formula Drift, though it was set up differently for his run up the mountain. The rear-drive coupe was developed jointly between Hyundai and Rhys Millen Racing, and is said to make around 700 horsepower and 700 pound feet of torque from its V-6 engine.

Don’t think that Millen had an easy go of it, either. Rain and snow flurries made traction hard to find, and the organizers were eventually forced to move the finish line below the summit as conditions worsened.

While it’s still nearly a year away, teams are already planning for next year’s event. Tajima will be back to reclaim his crown, and we expect to see even more competitors running (even faster) electric cars.



Rhys Millen Sets New Pikes Peak Hill Climb Record 13
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Hyundai, Motorsports, News, Pikes Peak, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Rhys Millen Racing on 08 13th, 2012

Image: Hyundai

Now that the the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been run, the mountain has crowned a new champion and, as expected, a new record time. Rhys Millen, driving a specially prepared Hyundai Genesis Coupe, ran the course from start to finish in 9:46.164, breaking Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima’s previous record by some five seconds.

Fans of the race will be quick to point out that Millen’s record was achieved on a completely paved course, while Tajima achieved his on a mix of asphalt and dirt. As Motor Authority reports, Tajima didn’t even complete this year’s run in his electric-powered Monster Sport E-Runner, as a mechanical or electrical issue sidelined him mid-run.

Millen ran the even in the same car he campaigns in Formula Drift, though it was set up differently for his run up the mountain. The rear-drive coupe was developed jointly between Hyundai and Rhys Millen Racing, and is said to make around 700 horsepower and 700 pound feet of torque from its V-6 engine.

Don’t think that Millen had an easy go of it, either. Rain and snow flurries made traction hard to find, and the organizers were eventually forced to move the finish line below the summit as conditions worsened.

While it’s still nearly a year away, teams are already planning for next year’s event. Tajima will be back to reclaim his crown, and we expect to see even more competitors running (even faster) electric cars.



Rhys Millen Sets New Pikes Peak Hill Climb Record 13
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Hyundai, Motorsports, News, Pikes Peak, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Rhys Millen Racing on 08 13th, 2012

Image: Hyundai

Now that the the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been run, the mountain has crowned a new champion and, as expected, a new record time. Rhys Millen, driving a specially prepared Hyundai Genesis Coupe, ran the course from start to finish in 9:46.164, breaking Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima’s previous record by some five seconds.

Fans of the race will be quick to point out that Millen’s record was achieved on a completely paved course, while Tajima achieved his on a mix of asphalt and dirt. As Motor Authority reports, Tajima didn’t even complete this year’s run in his electric-powered Monster Sport E-Runner, as a mechanical or electrical issue sidelined him mid-run.

Millen ran the even in the same car he campaigns in Formula Drift, though it was set up differently for his run up the mountain. The rear-drive coupe was developed jointly between Hyundai and Rhys Millen Racing, and is said to make around 700 horsepower and 700 pound feet of torque from its V-6 engine.

Don’t think that Millen had an easy go of it, either. Rain and snow flurries made traction hard to find, and the organizers were eventually forced to move the finish line below the summit as conditions worsened.

While it’s still nearly a year away, teams are already planning for next year’s event. Tajima will be back to reclaim his crown, and we expect to see even more competitors running (even faster) electric cars.



Colorado Forest Fires Delay Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 28
Jun
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, Motorsports, News, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, video on 06 28th, 2012

Monster Tajima's record Pikes Peak run

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is the second oldest motorsport event in the United States, behind only the Indianapolis 500. This year will mark the 90th running of the PPIHC, but only one thing is certain at the moment: the race will not be run on its originally scheduled date of July 8.

The state of Colorado is currently struggling with the worst wildfires in its history, and the area surrounding Pikes Peak is among the hardest hit. Many roads in the region have been closed, and it’s simply not possible to forecast when the fires will be contained. While the event is important to the community, the safety of area residents, spectators and competitors has to take precedence.

Tom Osborne, chairman of the event, assures that the event will still take place this year. A new date is expected to be announced within two weeks, and tickets currently issued for the event will be honored.

Going to the PPIHC is on our motorsport bucket list, and we’d given serious thought to attending this year’s race, which will be the first with a fully-paved road to the summit. The race draws competitors from all over the world, and we can’t name another motorsport event that gives competitors so little margin for error. We’ll update you when new dates are announced, but in the mean time we’re giving you the video of Monster Tajima’s record run from last year. Enjoy.







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