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By the looks of it, as long as he’s able to, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima won’t ever give up doing Pikes Peak. The 60-year-old Suzuki rally legend will of course be in Colorado this coming weekend to defend his title as King of the Mountain at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Tajima has been a fixture at the event since 1988 and has now won the unlimited division a record ten times, all behind the wheel of Suzuki vehicles. This year he will be behind the wheel of his SX4 race car, aiming to maintain an unbeaten run that began in 2003.

He will return to the event with his SX4-based special, though for 2011 the car has undergone significant aerodynamic changes to adapt to the modified road surfaces for this year’s race.

The turbocharged 2.7 litre V6 engine – now measuring just over 3.0 litres in capacity – has resulted in the 1090 kg Monster Special Pikes Peak SX4 producing 912 hp at 8,750 rpm and 890 Nm of torque at 5,850 rpm.

Looks as if everyone else in the class, including the likes of the Dacia Duster ‘No Limit’ , will be hoping Tajima – who of course holds the all-time course record with a time of 10 minutes 1.41 seconds set in 2007 with the Suzuki XL7 Hill Climb Special – doesn’t make it win number eleven in the Race to the Clouds.