Rhys Millen's Record-breaking Race to the Summit

Scott Benjamin

(Courtesy of Hyundai Motor America)

By now, you probably know that I absolutely love watching videos of race car drivers doing what they do best. Remember this video of the Nissan GT-R completing one full lap of the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany? How about the Ken Block Gymkhana Training video or the second video in that series, Gymkhana Two The Infomercial? Well, I have two additional (and amazing) racing videos to share with you today. Want a hint? Let's see...does "The Race to the Clouds" give too much away?

Actually, that was way too easy, wasn't it? But for those of you who didn't get it (and that's OK, too), I'm talking about the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, held at Pikes Peak Mountain in Colorado Springs, Colo. So what makes this course so challenging? Well, I can sum that up with just three stats: 12.42 miles, 156 turns and an elevation of 14,110 feet. Besides that, it's a race that's been run since 1916, and you've got to respect that, right?

So two weeks ago, I told you about Ex-British Rallycross Champion, Mark Rennison, who was taking a run at the course record in a 1,150-horsepower, race-prepared Ford RS200 built specifically for the Pikes Peak event by Mach 2 Racing. If you recall from my previous post, Rennison was hoping to break the 10-minute barrier in the Unlimited Division. Unfortunately, he didn't do it this year. His time was 12 minutes, 11.561 seconds. Not record-breaking, but good enough for third place in his division. And the 10-minute barrier still stands, by the way. The winner in the Unlimited Division, Nobuhiro Tajima, posted a time of 10 minutes, 15.368 seconds in his race-prepared 2009 Suzuki SX4. If you're curious about such things, you can see all of the official race day stats right here.

However, another course record did fall on race day this year. And that's where we get our latest incredible race day videos. Rhys Millen, a driver in the Time Attack 2wd division, set a new course record in the Red Bull 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. He fought his way to the top in just 12 minutes, 9.397 seconds. Here are a couple of fantastic videos that chronicle his record-breaking race to the summit:

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