Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima was confident that he’d break the 10:00 barrier in the Unlimited Class during this year’s Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. Conditions weren’t in his favor, but Monster still took victory in this year’s event with a time of 10:11.46. This video documents his epic run, and it’s about ten and a half minutes of barely controlled, hammer-down driving. Tajima has balls of steel, and seems completely oblivious to the consequences of making a mistake. The bumper cam view is unreal, and you’ll cringe watching him put his wheels in the loose stuff time and time again. Monster takes “use all the racetrack” to the extreme, and you can’t help but think, “this isn’t going to end well”.
This year’s car, based on a Suzuki SX-4, featured a twin-turbo, 3.1 liter V6 with 910 horsepower going to all four wheels. Horsepower and aerodynamics were improved substantially over the 2009 car, but the performance gains still weren’t enough to break the 10:00 mark. Tajima will undoubtedly try again next year, as will Rhys Millen, who’s determined to bring the title of “King of the Mountain” back into his family.