The all-new Range Rover Sport will serve as the official Pace Car for the 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, United States. As the pace car, the all-new Range Rover Sport will revisit the 12.4-mile course where it set its own record earlier this month as the fastest hill-climb for a production-standard Sport Utility Vehicle.
The Range Rover Sport also broke the long-standing record for any type of production-standard vehicle up the Pikes Peak’s snake-like course.
The SUV managed to complete the 12.42-mile, 156-corner course, which starts from 9,390 feet (2,860m) above sea level to 14,110 feet (4,300m), in just 12 minutes 35.61 seconds for an average speed of 59.17 mph (95.23 kph). The record-breaking Range Rover Sport was powered by a 510-PS 5.0-liter supercharged petrol V8 engine.
The vehicle was a production standard unit except for the roll cage and harness seatbelts that were installed to comply with racing safety requirements.
Piloting the Range Rover Sport on the record run was Pikes Peak specialist Paul Dallenbach. For the Sunday event, known as the Race to the Clouds, the Pace Car will be piloted by Gay Smith, a veteran motorsports competitor and an official for the contest.
He was the 1974 Rookie of the Year on Pikes Peak and has served on the event’s Board of Directors for 20 years. This year’s edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be headlined by 157 competitors (70 cars and 87 motorcycles) coming from 16 nations.
Timed runs start on Sunday 30 June at 08.00 Mountain Daylight Time (BST – 7 hours, GMT – 6 hours). For the first time, the event is being broadcast to fans around the world via the Internet, on RedBull.TV.