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410Hp Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo ||
RWD Italian Monster On the Limit !!!


HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 25 jun. 2019

This time we go to Greece, where at Ritsona HillClimb 2019, we could find this spectacular Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo unit driven by Vagelis Xantzis in a quite aggressive manner. A very Old-School Machine, with a proper H-pattern Gearbox and Three Pedals, Rear Wheel Drive, no electronics whatsoever and quite a bit of Turbo Lag, it is perfect for some "scary" sideways moments.

With the 1.8L Inline 4 Engine aided now by a Turbo taken from a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII and producing a very healthy 410Hp and moving only 1100Kg, the final result can only be described by the footage provided both outside and Onboard. Although watching Mr. Xantzis manhandling this Beast through this Greek Mountain certainly is something we are sure everyone will appreciate to the fullest....

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Top 10 HillClimb Monsters || Wolsfeld 2019


HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 26 jun. 2019

Wolsfeld is quite the unique Hillclimb. It is very narrow, very twisty and quite short, making the cars with better mechanical traction and agility the faster, over the normal high powered, Aero Monsters. This was very clear to see on this year´s edition of the event.

Among the Top 10 better placed Monsters in the German HillClimb (counting towards the Berg-Cup series) we had a whole host of very finely tuned VW and Opel machines from the 2000cc Class, taking advantage of their very agile and finely tuned nature, with even a 1600cc powered Machine almost breaking into the podium.

Being this said, the Winner,( even winning the event overall in front of the Sport Prototypes and Formulas) was still a quite familiar Monster, now wearing a new livery. One that can definitely add Monstruous Power with trmendous traction and efficiency... Discover for yourself in the video...
 

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680Hp/910Kg Skoda Fabia Turbo ||
All Wheel Drive Hatchback Monster


HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 28 jun. 2019

Among the very fast and highly efficient Skoda Fabia "Armada" coming from Czech Republic and Poland, there´s also Waldemar Kluza´s unit, taking the Fabia R5 as base and going quite nuts from there.

Widebodied, wearing a quite aggessive Aerodynamic kit and with its 2.0L turbocharged engine producing around 680Hp, this is a tremendously quick little machine, taking advantage of its low weight of 910Kg, highly efficient 6-speed paddle operated gearbox and All Wheel Drive system directly lifted from the Rally Car it is based on.
 

Nicola Romeo

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El fallecimiento de Carlin Dunne tiñe de luto la edición 2019 de la Subida a Pikes Peak

Iván Fernández | @fernischumi | 30 de junio de 2019


Carlin Dunne es leyenda eterna de la Subida a Pikes Peak. Él fue uno de los primeros competidores de la categoría de motos capaz de bajar de los 10 minutos, en este caso durante la ya famosa edición de 2013, año en el que no solo Sébastien Loeb y Peugeot consiguieron establecer su espectacular registro, sino que el propio Dunne consiguió un sitio dentro de la leyenda del PPIHC al meterse entre los 20 mejores registros al manillar de su Ducati Multiestrada con su brutal crono de 9:52.819. En 2018 repetirían victoria, de nuevo bajando de los 10 minutos, pero sin conseguir acercarse al récord 9:49.625 conseguido por la KTM Super Duke 1290 R oficial de Chris Fillmore en 2017. Este domingo, el piloto oficial de Ducati Norteamérica fallecía en la edición de 2019 de la Carrera hacia las nubes.

El anuncio llegaría ya superada la medianoche en Europa, en un comunicado oficial realizado por la filial de la marca norteamericana de motocicletas: “Lamentamos la trágica muerte de Carlin y él permanecerá en nuestros corazones para siempre como parte de la familia de Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Carlin será recordado como un mentor de buen corazón con un espíritu competitivo. Era un hombre amable y considerado que impactaba a todos los que lo conocían. Siempre recordaremos su sonrisa contagiosa y su amor genuino por el deporte”. Descanse en paz.

La categoría de motos ya había experimentado un fuerte varapalo recientemente cuando en el Donegal Rally, la estrella de la Isla de Man, Michael Dunlop, sufría un accidente al volante de un Ford Escort Mk.II que le dejaba lesionado y sin posibilidad de competir en lo que iba a ser su debut estrella en la Subida de Colorado Springs con la BMW S1000R. La casualidad haría que en esa misma prueba Manus Kelly falleciera. Dunne completaba las dos primeras partes de la Subida, pero una caída en el último sector tendría como resultado su fallecimiento cuando competía con la Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype. La bandera roja y el mensaje en redes sociales del PPIHC en esos momentos asegurando que "no podemos ofrecer más información" no eran muy alentadores, confirmándose tan fatal desenlace horas después.


La competición quedaba en esos momentos en un segundo plano. Poco importaba el mejor registro absoluto de Robin Shute al volante del Wolf TSC-Honda de la categoría Unlimited. Si tiempo, de 9 minutos y 12,476 segundos lo dejaban lejos de cualquier récord en una edición que ha sido muy pobre en cuestión de grandes y prometedores proyectos. Esto ha llevado que por ejemplo el mejor piloto entre los Time Attack 1, Raphael Astier, del equipo de Romain Dumas, se metiera segundo con 9:23.721, mientras que el Top5 lo completarían los pilotos de Open, Peter Cunningham, David Donohue y Layne Schranz, todos ellos por delante del vencedor entre los Open Wheel, Paul Dallenbach.

Rhys Millen conseguía un tiempo de 10 minutos y 18,488 segundos con el Bentley Continental GT, muy por debajo del 10 minutos y 49,902 segundos que consiguó el año pasado con el Bentley Bentayga, y a años luz de los 11 minutos y 48,264 segundos logrado por el Tesla Model S. Entre las motos, récord amargo para Rennie Scaysbrook, el cual era capaz de rodar en 9 minutos y 44,963 segundos con la Aprilia Tuono V4 1000. Entre las grandes estrellas, Andreas Bakkerud no marcó tiempo, mientras que Liam Doran finalmente no tomó partida con el Ford RS200 de su padre y Travis Pastrana ganó entre los pilotos de la Yokohama Trophy con el Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Fumio Nutahara, Blake Williams o Paul Gerrard también aparecen sin tiempo final.


 

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Top 10 HillClimb Monsters
|| Gorjanci HillClimb 2019


HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 1 jul. 2019

Counting for the FIA European HillClimb Cup, this Slovenian HillClimb always features some very special machinery, with 2019 being no different. Along with some familiar Monsters that already fight regularly for the Top spots in each event they enter, this year we got to see the debut of a very special machine:

So among Touring Cars, GT3-spec Monsters, the 600+Hp AWD SEAT and Skoda we got also to watch Matej Grudnik´s Renault Clio E1 Turbo, a very special project now debuting after almost 3 years of development. Still very much in testing, it is a bespoke widebodied Renault Clio powered by the 2.0L Turbo engine from the Mégane RS. Here still in Front Wheel Drive form and with around 400Hp, it is a Monster we´ll see evolving in the coming months, where over 500Hp, AWD transmission and much less weight are the goals. Definitely one to keep watching...
 

Nicola Romeo

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Así lo logró Robin Shute, el primer británico que ganó la Subida a Pikes Peak [Vídeo]

Iván Fernández | @fernischumi | 2 de julio de 2019


La Subida Internacional a Pikes Peak de este año estuvo marcada por el accidente que se cobraba la vida de Carlin Dunne y por una edición que en lo deportivo distó mucho de ser tan emocionante como en el pasado. Los tiempos no solo fueron muy por encima del récord conseguido por Volkswagen Motorsport y Romain Dumas en 2018, sino que además no pudieron ni tan siquiera acercarse a los ocho minutos, una referencia que se convirtió prácticamente en un hecho habitual con el registro conseguido por Sébastien Loeb y Peugeot Sport en 2013.

Robin Shute se convertía en el primer británico (residente en California) en toda la historia del PPIHC en conseguir la victoria. Sería en su tercer intento y seguramente fue en la clasificación realizada durante la semana cuando se empezó a forjar el triunfo ya que el mejor tiempo le otorgó el primer lugar en el orden de salida entre los coches. La bandera roja provocada por la caída fatal de Dunne retrasó en más de una hora el desarrollo normal de la prueba norteamericana, haciendo que ese cielo claro salpicado de pequeñas formaciones de nubes terminara finalmente por convertirse en una tormenta que terminaría por afectar a gran parte de los inscritos en coches, llevando a que muchos solo pudieran completar la mitad de la subida como fue el caso de Andreas Bakkerud.


El tiempo ganador final fue de 9 minutos y 12,476 segundos para hacer cumbre tras casi 20 kilómetros de subida, sabiendo incluso que tenía margen respecto a sus rivales después de las prácticas y la calificación en las que Shute incluso llegó a rodar hasta cuatro décimas más rápido que Romain Dumas cuando este competía con la barqueta Norma y el motor HPD de idénticas características al empleado por Robin desde el año pasado.

Lo que en esta ocasión no siguió la tradición fue la presencia de Dave en el prototipo Wolff del británico. Aunque se dejó ver durante los entrenamientos, el patito de goma que hacía las veces de mascota para Shute no estuvo presente en la carrera del domingo, por lo que nos quedamos sin ver cómo se iba hinchando a medida que iba escalando Pikes Peak debido a la diferencia de presión. Al menos sí que pudimos ver la gran diferencia en cuanto a condiciones meteorológicas con un Pastrana que salía 19º en el orden de partida.


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11.000RPM Toyota Starlet On the Limit
|| 4AGE Swapped Monster Onboard

HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 4 jul. 2019

Probably the most developed Toyota Starlet RWD in HillClimb Racing, and now back in Europe ( and racing regularly too...), it´s Mikko Kataja´s Toyota Starlet Kp62. a 260Hp/760Kg little Monster, powered by a 11.000Rpm 4AGE engine completely full of bespoke evolutions.

Now fitted with a paddle-operated 6-speed Sequential Gearbox and slowly being converted in "Euro-HillClimb" spec, we were able to catch this Flying Finn at Wolsfeld HillClibm where despite some mechanical issues, it still achieved a final 3rd Place ont he 1600cc Class. And trust us, it is only getting faster from this point on...
 
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Maserati Ghibli Bi -Turbo V6 ||
Rare HillClimb/Time Attack Monster

HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 7 jul. 2019

This is Bruno Piantoni´s highly modified Maserati Ghibli, and it is certainly among the most unique Monsters we have captured in the last year. It is already an incredibly rare car on its own, but much more so to see one being transformed into a full blown Racing machine as this 2.0L V6 Twin-Turbo is, here racing at Verzegnis Hillclimb 2019

With over 400Hp thanks to some major engine tuning, this machine also benefits from its fiberglass bodywork to lower the weight towards the 1100Kg mark, and while at it applying a whole host of aerodynamic changes that really take the Italian machine from a Classic looking thing to some sort of Frankenstein-esque Time Attack racer. In any case we hope to see a lot more of it in the future and watch closely its evolution...
 

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Alfa Romeo 156 Touring Car ||
310Hp/9.000Rpm STW Monster

HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 8 jul. 2019

Diethard Sternad is still racing his beautiful Alfa Romeo 156 Touring Car in 2019, and now faster than ever, with the Austrian driver showing more and more speed behind the wheel of the Italian STW model as years pass by.

The 310Hp/8.750Rpm 2.0L Naturally Aspirated Monster is one of the fastest FWD machines in the Sport, with its low total weight of 975Kg helping a lot, alongside its X-trac 6-speed Sequential Gearbox. More than that it is also a proper Touring Car from the same mould of all the famous BTCC/ETCC machines from the late 90´s and early 2000´s, that marked pretty much the end of an era of NA, highly tuned, highly developed Touring Car racers that we will probably never see again...
 

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Top 10 HillClimb Monsters || La Broque 2019

HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 9 jul. 2019

Last weekend was held the La Broque HillClimb in France counting with a very interesting number of good machines, making for one of the diverse Top 10 lists we have presented so far. Proper FWD Hatchbacks, spliced with some Touring Car Cars, Porsche GT3 units in different guises, some AWD goodness and some high-end GT3-Class machinery, we had a bit for everyone and here is where you can find out how they all stacked up in the end...
 

Nicola Romeo

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9.100RPM Citroen AX Maxi Evo 3 ||
Onboard 230Hp/840Kg "Hot Hatch"

HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 10 jul. 2019

Coming from Greece, this is the SRT Motorsport Citroen AX Maxi Evo 3 driven by Alex Tsiogkas, one of the fastest 1600cc Class machines in the local Championship and certainly one of the most unique being a mix of a highly tuned Citroen AX and a Peugeot 106 Maxi.

Powered by a highly modified TU5JP4 in Naturally Aspirated form capable of 230Hp/9.100Rpm, it is also a rather light thing, weighing only 840Kg (minimum allowed weight given regulations), while using a 6 speed sequential Sadev ST75-14 Gearbox, alongside some proper PSA racing parts mainly in its chassis and suspension with uprights ,wishbones, McPherson strut,antiroll bars, full rear axle, steering rack and the 17x7 wheels being taken straight from a eugeot 106 Maxi unit.

With other goodies like EFI Euro 4 Engine management, Ohlins 3-way shocks and Alcon Brakes ( with the front ones measuring at a impressive 355!! ), this is also an ever evolving machine with its engine unit having already another evolution lined up. With 250Hp/9.800Rpm coming soon we suspect this won´t be the last time we´ll feature this machine on our Channel...

For now, let´s enjoy watching Mr. Tsiogkas taking this little rocket through Ritsona Hillclimb completely flat out...
 

Nicola Romeo

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550+Hp McLaren 650S GT3 ||
Twin Turbo V8 Super Car Monster

HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 11 jul. 2019

Czech driver Jan Milon races nowadays this beautiful McLaren 650S GT3 unit on the European HillClimb Championship, with the V8 Twin Turbo British car becoming more and more competitive each event it enters.

Here it an be seen at Ecce Homo Sternberk HillClimb where it won the GT Class and placed among the Top 10 Touring Car machines present at the event, displaying quite a rapid pace, taking advantage of the 550+Hp available (although heavily restricted due to regulations). The emergence of McLaren models on HillClimb Racing has been one of the most interesting phenomenons to witness in the last couple years, with the racing units from the British Supercar manufacturer reveling themselves to be very capable and quite fast Monsters on the Hills.
 

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9.800Rpm Opel Corsa w/ BMW S1000RR Engine Head
|| Crazy Onboard Footage !!

HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 12 jul. 2019

Some days ago when we posted Mikko Kataja´s Toyota Starlet 4AGE video and explained he finished 3rd in his Class, some people commented how fast the other two guys have had to be. Well, one of those guys is Andy Heindrichs, and you can watch here how the young Belgian used his 222Hp/730Kg Opel Corsa A to achieve the 2nd Place on the E1-1600 Class in Wolsfeld HillClimb 2019.

Although not the most powerful machine in this Class, it is driven to the absolute limit and counts with a number of quite unique solution, with the most proeminet being the use of a BMW S1000RR motorbike Engine head with the original Opel 1.6L block to make for quite the high.revving machine (and quite good sounding too to boot...).

Apart from that,, weighing in at 730Kg, it is certainly a light Hot Hatch, and one that will certainly evolve thorugh this 2019 Season while being driven like a maniac... As you can certainly confirm with the Onboard footage provided...
 

Nicola Romeo

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11.000RPM Puch TR4 / FIAT 500
|| Hayabusa Swap 585Kg Monster

HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 16 jul. 2019

This is Hans Thalmayr´s Monster and it is one with quite the story. Powered by a stroked 1570cc Naturally Aspirated Engine from a Suzuki Hayabusa bike producing 250Hp/11.000Rpm, it is one of the creations of the late Georg Pucher, having competed last between 2009/2010, but has since been bought by the Austrian Slalom/HillClimb driver.

Tuned to fit within E2-Sh 1600 Class, it weighs the very minimum the rules permit, which is 585Kg. It is then a properly quick machine and certainly a very agile one. Here it can be seen at Verzegnis HillClimb in Italy where it not only won its Class but also almost broke into the 10 Fastest Touring Car Monsters present.

And above all, it is one we enjoy immensely seeing back on the Mountains, given its origins and background...
 

Nicola Romeo

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9.000RPM Opel Kadett 2.4 CQP ||
300+Hp Berg Cup Monster - New Aero 2019

HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 19 jul. 2019

Gunter Goser drives one of the fastest Opel Kadett C units in the German Berg-Cup series. Powered by a Naturally Aspirated, Dry Sumped 2.4L engine producing over 300Hp/9.000Rpm, the Rear Wheel Drive Classic benefits from weighing under 900Kg, alongside some proper goodies like fully adjustable KW Suspensions, Hollinger 6-speed Sequential Gearbox, Double Disc Clutch and many others, to become a tremendously quick and effective Classic Race Car. And now on 2019 it debuted a new Aerodynamic package with a much bigger Rear Wing alongside a more proeminet Front Lip.

Here it can be seen in action on 2 different Hillclimbs held during this 2019 Season: Eschdorf and Wolsfeld. On both it placed very very well, achieving Top 10 Spots overall among Touring Cars, marking itself as one of the machines to beat on both its Class and on the whole Opel Kadett secen that is so strong on the Berg-Cup series.
 

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Top 10 HillClimb Monsters || Neudorf bei Passail 2019

HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 21 jul. 2019

The Austrian HillClimb Championship continued at Neudorf Bei Passail, now with some rain added to the mix and some new faces on the Top 10 List. By now the "invasion" of the 1.2L Turbocharged cars is getting more serious with Franz Probst coming back in his Golf 1170 Turbo, alongside Andreas Marko continuing the development of the fantastic Audi A4 STW Turbo.

But we can also see now a new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution model showing some true potential with Stefan Promok returning with his Evo VIII, now in a much more serious spec, both mechanically and aesthetically.

We also have Lukas Boric with the frantic TracKing RC01 showing how fast a Suzuki GSX-R can be when moving only 450Kg of spaceframed bodywork and other than these we have some of usual suspects.. but some surprises on how they ended up... Check for yourself and let us know what you think ;)
 

Nicola Romeo

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10.000RPM Mazda 616 Rotary Monster
|| Onboard - Leadfoot Festival 2019

HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 23 jul. 2019

We return to Leadfoot Festival on New Zealand to present this 1972 Mazda 616, driven by Mark Strawbridge, a proper Naturally Aspirated, Rotary machine, powered by a 12A PP engine reaching a sonorous 285Hp/10.000Rpm.

Imported from Australia in original condition in 2006, the restoration of this 616 was a 4 year process, all while not only rehabilitating this machine but also preparing it to be raced in pretty serious conditions. Tuned to a very high level, this can easly be mistaken for an ex works car. With the 12A PP Naturally Aspirated engine unit being definitely the highlight of the build, it is also important tot note the effort during the last years to lose as much weight as possible, tipping the scales nowadays at a very impressive 900Kg.

It is not only a fast machine, but one where the attention to detail stands out, all while staying a truly analogue race car, something so hard to find nowadays.
 

Nicola Romeo

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450Hp Subaru Impreza WRX STi S14
|| Proper Boxer Turbo Sound

HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 25 jul. 2019

This beautiful Subaru Impreza S14 unit is raced by Nico Schilling and is a regular on European HillClimb Racing, where the public has been able to see the evolution of this Hatchback Japanese Monster, nowadays sorting more power and Aerodynamic appendages than ever.

With the Boxer 2.0L Engine producing around 450Hp, the All Wheel Driver Monster has been posting better results than ever, all while sounding like the quintessential Turbocharged Flat engined machine. Here it can be seen on 3 different HillClimbs where our Team was able to catch Mr. Schilling: HillClimb Masters 2018 (at Gubbio, Italy), Abreschviller 2019 and La Broque 2019.
 

Nicola Romeo

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La Subida a Pikes Peak decide retirar las motos de la competición en 2020

Iván Fernández | @fernischumi | 27 de julio de 2019


Se esperaba que realizaran un informe acerca de lo ocurrido en la última edición de la Subida Internacional a Pikes Peak, la 97ª, en la que Carlin Dunne, el piloto oficial de Ducati en North America, fallecía después de una caída cuando ya se encontraba muy cerca de hacer cumbre y establecer un nuevo récord absoluto para las motos en la carrera de Colorado Springs. La decisión llegaba en la jornada del viernes, cuando la Junta Directiva del PPIHC lo hacía oficial: las motos no competirán en 2020.

De esta forma, los coches de las distintas categorías (Unlimited, Time Attack, Exhibition, Open, Copas Monomarca…) serán los únicos protagonistas en la edición 98ª de la Subida Internacional a Pikes Peak. Las motos, que han competido de forma ininterrumpida de la carrera durante los últimos 29 años han formado parte de la misma desde la edición inaugural en 1916.

Desde entonces, han corrido en 41 de los 97 años, especialmente limitados por la fisonomía de una competición que no perdona los errores en sus casi 20 kilómetros plagado de curvas y sin protecciones en las curvas. El asfalto del recorrido permitió no solo que los coches pudieran bajar de los nueve minutos (de los ocho minutos en 2018 con el récord de Romain Dumas y el Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak), sino que también llevó a que los participantes de motos pudieran acometer con máquinas más competitivas la Subida, llegando entonces a bajar de la impensable barrera de los 10 minutos para los participantes sobre dos ruedas.

A partir de ahora, los responsables del PPIHC realizarán un estudio de viabilidad a largo plazo para determinar si las motos regresarán con motivo de 2021 o si se decide postergar su regreso hasta que se den unas condiciones que se consideren óptimas. A finales de 2020 habrá un comunicado anunciando cuál será la decisión. ¿Hay antecedentes? Sí, y no muy lejanos. En marzo de 2015, se decidió prohibir las carreras de GT3 en Nordschleife tras el fallecimiento de un espectador tras el accidente en Flugplatz del Nissan GT-R GT3 pilotado por Jann Mardenborough. La federación germana los volvería a admitir tras introducir una serie de medidas y apenas 10 días de suspensión.


 

Nicola Romeo

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Top Greece HillClimb Monsters ||
Ford Focus WRC Vs Ford Fiesta Turbo

HillClimb Monsters

Publicado el 1 ago. 2019

Arguably the two fastest Monsters currently racing on Greek HillClimbs, these are Mario Iliopoulos´ Ford Focus WRC (an ex-works unit) and Panagiotis Soldatos´ Ford Fiesta Turbo (prepared by Olsbergs MSE of Rallycross fame).

Both All Wheel Drive, both with over 500Hp, their differences are rooted way more on their construction with Iliopoulos´ car being a proper ex-WRC unit, pretty much de-restricted and set-up for Hillclimb events, while Soldatos´ Fiesta is a less "traditional" build, using a 2.0L Turbocharged Mitsubishi 4G63 engine alongside a vastly spaceframed chassis.

In the end they battled for victory at Ritsona Hillclimb down to the very end. With some engine problems (somewhat audible on the video) almost taking the victory away from Mr. Iliopoulos, a very last run on maximum attack still awarded him the win, although for little over a second.

In the upcoming months expect these two machines to face each other again, and while the Fiesta will continue it´s evolution, there ares rumour that the Focus wil be replaced altogether for an entirely new Monster... We´ll be here to show if that´s the case...
 
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