Rhys Millen breaks world record at 2012 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Rhys Millen and his Hyundai Genesis Coupe race car have broken the world record at the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event with a time of 9:46.164. The record was set on the new all-tarmac ‘Race to the Clouds’ climb.

The record beats last year’s best time of 9:51.278, set by Nobuhiro Tajima ‘Monster’ in the crazy Suzuki Sport SX4. This year it was all down Millen and his insane Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

The car features a completely stripped out interior and a full race body with vast aerodynamic revisions. Under the bonnet sits a V6 engine boosted by a Garrett GTX3582 turbocharger, helping to produce 522kW of power and 948Nm of torque.

The purpose-built climber also features a racing suspension setup and a set of ultra fat HRE lightweight alloy wheels wrapped in Hankook F200 slicks.

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Also breaking records at this year’s rescheduled event was the 350kW Toyota EV P002 racer. It managed to break the electric vehicle record with a time of 10:15.380, easily surpassing the previous record of 12:20.084.

In other Toyota-related news, the Lexus IS F CCSR Pikes Peak racer managed second in its class with a time of 11:35.17.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.