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Honda Prepares For Pikes Peak Assault, Toyota Readies GT 86 For Same Photo:
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Tony O'Kane | Apr, 26 2013 | 0 Comments

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is without doubt one of the most challenging events on the motor sport calendar.

Huge altitude changes, nail-biting corners and spectacular scenery all make for one hell of a race, and this year more than a few manufacturers are gunning for victory.

Honda is perhaps most notable for the sheer number of vehicles it's fielding this year. There's ten in all - four cars, five motorcycles and one all-terrain vehicle.

The automaker will be supporting a twin-turbocharged Acura NSX in the Open class, along with an Acura TL SH-AWD (similar to the Honda Accord Euro) in the Time Attack class, a CR-Z in the Exhibition class and a Honda Fit EV (AKA Jazz EV) in the Electric Vehicle class.

Of the bikes, there will be two CRF250Rs, one CRF450R, a CBR600RR and a CBR1000RR in the Exhibition class. The lone ATV will be a Honda TRX450.

Another automaker that will have a big presence at Pikes Peak this year will be Peugeot with its 206 T16 race car (above), but it won't be the only OEM with a purpose-built hill climber.

Not wanting to be left out of the party, Toyota will be campaigning an all-wheel drive race car wearing the skin of an 86 Coupe. Details are scant, but the car has been built by Japanese tuning house Monster Sport and power is expected to be provided by a twin-turbocharged V6.

At the wheel will be none other than Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, who held the outright hill climb record at Pikes Peak until it was taken from him by Rhys Millen in 2012.

With Peugeot's 206 T16 to be piloted by rally champ Sebastian Loeb, the battle between Toyota and Peugeot could be quite close. For the final results of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, tune in to TMR on June 30.

 
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