The Suzuki V6 ESCUDO Pikes Peak Special '98 is a Pikes Peak Hill Climb rally car produced by Suzuki. It appears in every main Gran Turismo game to date since Gran Turismo 2, with the exception of Gran Turismo Sport. It has also been added in Gran Turismo 7's Update 1.17.
The car appears to be the #6 driven by Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima.
"The objective: To dominate Pikes Peak. The all-intimidating monster machine."
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, held each summer on the Pikes Peak Highway near Colorado Springs, USA, is the world's largest hill climb race.
It is a 20.0 km course that rises 1,501 m, from 2,800 m to 4,301 m above sea level, featuring 156 corners ranging from highly technical 60 km/h hairpins to spectacular 200 km/h high speed corners. There is a temperature difference of 20°F from starting point and the finish line, and the conditions are severe at best for the competition car.
The Suzuki Escudo Dirt Trial Car was a monster machine purpose-built for this race.
Constructed on an aluminium space-frame designed completely from scratch, it was equipped with a fully tuned 2.5-litre twin-turbo V6 pushing 981 BHP with a maximum torque of 687.1 lb-ft.
At 800 kg, the Escudo was a featherweight, so to push the car down into the slippery gravel of the course it was given a massive front spoiler and colossal rear wing that were wind-tunnel tested and designed. The base Escudo was lost completely in its transformation into this overwhelming beast.
It was also driven by a man who was called a monster, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima. A master of dirt tracks with 7 All-Japan Dirt Trials Championship wins in a row, he would first challenge Pikes Peak in 1989, and then go on to become the first Japanese overall winner in 1995.
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The V6 Escudo Pikes Peak Special took on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 1996. It won that year, catapulting Suzuki's image as a serious maker of off-road machines. The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is a race up a mountain road to an elevation of over 4593 feet. With a history dating back more than 100 years, it is among the oldest motorsport events in the world.The V6 Escudo Pikes Peak Special packed a 981 HP 2.5-liter V-6 in a body that only weighed 1764 lbs. It was specially tuned to deliver peak performance at altitudes that exceeded 13,123 feet.
This car can be purchased from the special section of the Suzuki dealership for 2,000,000 Credits.
This car can be obtained in three ways:
- Purchasing it from the Suzuki dealership for 1,000,000 Credits.
- Winning the Polyphony Digital Cup, in the Professional League section.
- Winning all Rally League events.
In the Polyphony Digital Cup, it has a 1/4 chance (25% probability) to be obtained.
This car can only be obtained by winning Yosemite Rally I (Hard). It's not for sale in the Suzuki dealership. In this game, the car is now called Suzuki ESCUDO Dirt Trial Car '98.
This car can be purchased for 1,500,000 Credits.
As a Standard car, the Suzuki ESCUDO Dirt Trial Car '98 can be purchased from the Used Car Dealership for 1,977,032 Credits. It is a Level 23 car.
This car can be purchased for 1,450,000 Credits (2,000,000 Credits in version 1.00 of the game). It has a Simple interior.
This car can occasionally be purchased from the Legend Car Dealership. As of June 2022 the car is priced at 1,700,000 Credits.
- The car appearing in GT2 appears to be a mixture of 1996, 1998, and 1999 versions of the car; it has the 1996-spec rear ducts, 1999-spec body, and a livery that combines both 1998 and 1999 versions of the car. It also has a small, working headlights, while the real car did not feature any.
- In GT2, the car was notable for being one of the fastest cars in the game reaching speeds of more than 400-410 km/h+ (248.548 -254.762 mph+) Later games added more understeer and turbo lag to the car, making it much less competitive on road circuits. In particular, in GT6, this car can only reach 192 mph (or 309 km/h) on it's own, no matter the transmission setting. It can only reach top speed while in the slipstream of another car, and benefits from this tactic more than most cars in the game.
- In GT2, the car (along with the Suzuki Cultus Pikes Peak Version) internally uses a special type of dirt tires not used by other cars in the game.
- This car is infamous in GT3 for being the main car used to perform the 2,147,483,647 glitch which causes the game to crash when reaching that speed. This is achieved with specific tuning setups which cause the car to wheelie and accelerate extremely quickly and indefinitely before reaching 2147483647 mph (or km/h) and freezing the game. This glitch can also be done with the Toyota GT-One (TS020) '99.
- In Gran Turismo 7, unlike the Audi Sport quattro S1 Pikes Peak '87, the Escudo is not classified as a Gr.B car, possibly due to being too powerful to balance into said class. The car in GT7 also has different wheels than in previous games (mesh wheels by SSR; previous games used the five-spoke Desmond Regamaster Evo 2 wheel), and some changed and/or added sponsor decals.