The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motor sports race in America - after the Indy 500 - and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. First competed in 1916 and this year marks the 91st running of the “Race to the Clouds.”
The race is run on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America’s Mountain; Pikes Peak! As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. The thin air also robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. Competitors and vehicles must be in top shape simply to finish…let alone win!
After Monster Tajima broke the 10 min barrier [9:51.278] in the last pavement gravel edition in 2011, 2013 will hold the second all pave edition.
The current record is 09:46.164 and was set by Rhys Millen in 2012.
*** Special Guest ***
Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak driven by Sebastien Loeb
Power is provided by a twin-turbo 3.2-liter V6 engine that develops 875 bhp (652 kW). It is connected to a six-speed sequential transmission and an all-wheel drive system that enables the 875 kg (1,929 lb) race car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 1.8 seconds, 0-125mph takes 4.8 seconds and it'll hit its 150mph top speed in just seven seconds flat.
Pressurised dampers, double wishbones and pushrod/rocker arm actuation at all corners, torsion bars, anti-roll bars all round, and vented carbon brake discs front and rear - measuring in at 380mm (f) and 355mm ® - hiding behind 18in magnesium alloy wheels "derived from F1 technology".
Test at Mont Ventoux [yes, the Tour de France one]
Edited by V3TT3L, 17 May 2013 - 04:59.