Millen Tacoma heads to 2012 Festival of Speed

One of the fastest Toyota badged racing cars ever built is set to star at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, we can reveal.

Rod Millen will bring the record breaking Tacoma hill climb car (pictured above) that he drove at the 1998 Pikes Peak Hill Climb to the West Sussex event – giving UK fans a rare chance to see the model up close.

The 800bhp machine has a turbocharged 2.1 litre engine, and completed the 12.42-mile, 156-turn gravel course at Pikes Peak in 10 minutes 4.2 seconds, a record that stands to this day. To see a clip of the car in action, click on the video below:

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Built in the USA, the Tacoma last appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2007 – where it proved a huge hit thanks to its staggering performance.  The carbon fibre bodied machine gets four-wheel drive but weighs just 885kgs. To improve its handling and weight distribution, the engine is mounted behind the driver.

Rod’s relationship with Toyota runs deep. He gained worldwide acclaim at the wheel of another Toyota, his all-wheel-drive Celica Turbo.

His success with this car at Pikes Peak saw the 12.42-mile hill climb nicknamed ‘Millen’s Mountain’, thanks to Rod’s record-breaking 10:04.06 time in 1994. To see Rod going sideways up the hill in his Celica, click on the video below:

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In a recent poll hosted on our Facebook page, you voted the Tacoma your favourite Toyota racing car of all time.

To find out what other Toyota models have already been announced for the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, click here.

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