Rhys Millen and Team RMR set NEW World Record at the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Rhys Millen Racing – Huntington Beach, CA – August 13, 2012
Nothing can describe what it takes to conquer Americas Mountain. After a week of little air to breath, early mornings and a Hyundai that did not skip a beat, Rhys Millen and team RMR sets a new world record with a time of 9:46.164 at the 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“With the newly paved section of the course and the hot weather conditions, a lot of people failed or crashed. Our cars balance remained the same from practice to race day using these Hankook F200 Tires this entire run. Even on a slick tire and torrential downpour in the last mile and a half, with the heat we were able to achieve in the tires the grip was still adequate and we were able to produce a new world record,” said Rhys Millen after Sundays victory from the summit.
2010 Le Mans Champion Romain Dumas and his Porsche 997 GT3-R was Millens closest competition with Dumas completing the course in 9:46.181.This marks a back to back victory over Porsche factory supported drivers for RMR in the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
Rhys Millen Racing would like to thank everyone at Pulse for their endless support at this year’s climb, Hankook Tires for all the grip, Hyundai for a world class vehicle, Garret Turbo for support on the hill and all the world class sponsors that make for a record setting year.
Rhys Millen looks towards the 2013 91st running as a free agent to the climb.
Racer Rhys Millen goes to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this weekend with one goal in mind–break the 10-minute barrier for the run up the 14,110-foot mountain.
If successful, Millen would break the record of 10:01.408 held by Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, who will be there this year to defend his record. A good run will also put Millen in the company of his dad, Rod Millen, who made the run in 10:04.06 in 1994.
Millen has been prepping his purpose-built race car, powered by a Hyundai V6. Here is video of Millen and his team preparing for the run on June 27.
Autoblog has published the first renderings of Formula DRIFT champion Rhys Millen’s Pikes Peak vehicle.
Last week, we learned that Rhys Millen has been busy preparing a new unlimited class challenger to try to recapture the overall Pikes Peak Hill Climb record that his father held for over a decade. At the time, all we knew was that it would be Hyundai powered, and we assumed that it would bear at least a vague resemblance to a Genesis Coupe.
Instead, these first official renderings suggest that the Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis PM580 looks more like a Le Mans prototype than some of the cartoonish looking Suzuki or Toyota racersdriven by Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima or Rod Millen – let alone one of the more traditional open-wheel buggies that long dominated the Peak.
The PM580 uses a steel tube frame chassis wrapped in a carbon fiber skin. A turbocharged 4.1-liter Hyundai V6 producing up to 750 horsepower will put power down through an active all-wheel-drive system. The rear wing also has active trimming out on the straights to reduce drag, and it can tip up to generate additional downforce in the corners. Millen’s goal is to set the first ever sub-10 minute time for the 12.42 mile “Run to the Clouds.” Since you’ve got until June 27 until the green flag drops, why not check out the high-res gallery of renderings below and the official press release after the jump?
Formula DRIFT champion and Drifting World Champion Rhys Millen will be preparing to fulfill his dream this season and conquer the world record at Pikes Peak. Check out this intro video that also features his dad Rod Millen.
Here is Formula DRIFT driver Rhys Millen’s 2009 World Record Setting Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb run of 12:09 winning the 2WD Time Attack class that 2009 Pike’s Peak Hill Climb. It’s an amazing video presented by Will Roegge. Congrats to Rhys and the team.