The King of the Hill Climb is back with a 670-horsepower Toyota GT-86.
Nobuhiro Tajima set the record at Pikes Peak in 2011 when he drove his highly modified Suzuki SX4 up the mountain in 9:51.278. But Rhys Millen spanked that record last year in his Hyundai Genesis Coupe by over five seconds, setting a time of 9:46.164 while Tajima was playing around with electric cars. Now the man known as Monster is keen to reclaim his crown, and he’s done with EVs, tackling the mountain this year in a specially-prepared Toyota GT-86 (a.k.a. Scion FR-S) packing a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 mounted amidships.
Technical details are hard to come by, but the Super 86 is believed to drive 670 horsepower to all four wheels. It looks like a beast, and should mount a serious challenge to Millen’s record and Loeb’s new Peugeot 208 once the hill climb kicks off on June 30.