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Rhys Millen targets outright record in dramatically styled car

Rhys Millen will run this dramatic Le Mans style car at this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as he bids to claim the record time.

The car will run in the Unlimited Class, which has no restrictions on tyres, suspension, drivetrain weight or horsepower.

See pictures of Rhy's Millen's Pikes peak challenger

It is powered by a 4.1-litre Hyundai Lambda turbocharged V6 engine, which will have around 675bhp. The car will weigh around 840kg.

Power will be distrubuted via active differentials, which allow a torque split of between 10 to 100 per cent between the front wheels, which will help Millen cope as the track switches between asphalt and the loose.

To achieve the low weight the car is has a carbonfibre body. It also has an active rear wing which rises in corners and falls on straights.

"We are building a car for today's road," said Millen "The car will have a sleek aerodynamic body, the grip of Toyo Proxy tires and the power and durability of a Hyundai engine. This is the package I need to break the record."

The record on the 12.42-mile course is held by Nobuhiro Tajima, who set a time of 10m 01.408sec in his Suzuki XL7 Hill Climb Special in 2007. Prior to that, Rod Millen - father of Rhys - had held the record for 13 years, with a time of 10 min 04.06sec.

This year's event is on 27 June.

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Holy.Cat 20 April 2010

Re: Le Mans style car to Pikes Peak

its on my birthday, which is a special present to me!

this is on the same day as the European Grand Prix- Guess which will be more exciting...

LateKnight 20 April 2010

Re: Le Mans style car to Pikes Peak

4.1 litres?

Sounds a little understressed for a pikes peak engine in the unlimited class.

Cannot see this breaking the 10 minute barrier. Think he needs a few more horses. Only just more powerful than the Audi and Peugeots of 20 odd years ago (they recorded times in the 10:40s)

Always an interesting event though.

Anybody know if Tajima is there again this year?

FriendlyFisherman 20 April 2010

Re: Le Mans style car to Pikes Peak

Looks absolutely great to me, I think its the first time I have been excited by a Hyndai! (well a car using a Hyundai block heavily modifed beyond all recognition)