Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima is, without question, the king of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Not only is he the record-holder for the fastest ascent to the top of the mountain, but he’s the only man to do it in less than 10 minutes.

For this year, Monster Tajima will be keeping his record-setting Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special in the garage in favor of an electric car that his team, Team APEV Monster Sports, is in the process of putting together. And here’s the best part: Tajima isn’t looking to break the EV record for the climb; he actually has his eyes set on the overall record. Yep. The same record he set last year.

From what we’ve seen out of this man, if there’s anybody that can do it, it’s Monster Tajima.

As far as details behind the car is concerned, Team APEV Monster Sports is still keeping information tight-lipped, although we do expect them to reveal the car pretty soon.


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  (530) posted on 07.3.2012

It’s the time to show that electric cars can perform better and safe. I’m looking forward to on some details.

  (797) posted on 07.3.2012

Setting a new world record is always free and depends on the determination and eagerness of the driver. I do hope for best results and their plan for Monster Tajima.

  (394) posted on 06.27.2012

Electric car in the race is not a bad idea. Anyway, the trend has just begun and why not try on something different like this one?

  (484) posted on 05.2.2012

I wonder how its electric version will be like. I hope it’s even more powerful.

  (858) posted on 05.1.2012

I just have to see Monster Tajima run! It sounds highly powerful.

  (498) posted on 05.1.2012

Here’s to hoping for the best of it; if ever this successfully garners attention, it’s more likely that electric cars will start to be prevalent.

  (530) posted on 04.27.2012

Good! Monster Tajima should serve as a promotional EV to suggest that EVs are better than fuel-powered cars when it comes to racing. It’s safer too.

  (714) posted on 04.4.2012

This is a great opportunity to show off what electric cars can achieve. I hope this will be the way to the rediscovery of electric-powered vehicles.

  (397) posted on 04.2.2012

It’s about time an electric car creates a breakthrough. I’m supporting Monster Tajima!

  (592) posted on 04.2.2012

Once its run has a successful result, it will heighten the interests for electric race cars.

  (399) posted on 04.1.2012

Tajima reminds me of a Japanese restaurant here. smiley Anyway, I’m convinced they’ll do well. I’ve been acquainted to this, and I must say it’s really dynamic.

  (410) posted on 04.1.2012

I believe that the team can achieve it. They have their determination and the electric race car, so what else is there to question?

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