The Suzuki V6 ESCUDO Pikes Peak Special '98 is a hillclimb rally car produced by Suzuki. It appears in every main Gran Turismo game to date since Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, with the exception of Gran Turismo Sport. It is a replacement of the 1996 Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak Version, which appears only in Gran Turismo 2.
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.
This car is obtainable by either purchasing it at the Suzuki dealership for 1,000,000 Credits, by winning the Polyphony Digital Cup, or by winning all Rally League events. In the Polyphony Digital Cup, it has a 1/4 chance (25% probability) to be won. The car is named Suzuki ESCUDO Pikes Peak Version in this game, the same as the 1996 car that appeared in GT2.
This car can only be obtained by winning Yosemite Rally I on Hard. In this game, this car is now called the 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.
The Suzuki V6 ESCUDO Pikes Peak Special '98 can be purchased from the Suzuki Dealership for 1,450,000 Credits. It has a simple interior.
- This car has far more understeer and turbo lag compared to its Gran Turismo 2 equivalent. This makes it much less competitive on road circuits.
- The Escudo Pikes Peak is infamous on Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec for being the main car used to perform the 2,147,483,647 glitch which causes the game to crash when reaching that speed. It 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. This can also be done with the Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020) '99 in the same game.