American Honda hopes to achieve a string of successes at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb slated on June 29-30, 2013. American Honda will field vehicles in multiple classes in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, with an eye to secure overall victory at the event as well as set a record for the number of classes entered by a single manufacturer.
American Honda will field 10 entries in the event, underscoring the variety of the carmaker’s product range of cars, motorcycles and ATVs. Also dubbed as ‘The Race to the Clouds,’ the Pikes Peak, in which American Honda is a limited sponsor, is considered as the ultimate hill climb and is regarded as one of the most spectacular motor sports events in the world.
The course covers around 12.42 miles, starting at 9,390 feet and ending at 156 turns later at the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. While the road surface going to the peak has been entirely asphalted since 2011, the hill climb still presents quite a challenge to competitors, with vehicle engines typically suffering from a 30-percent power loss due to the thin air at the high-altitude finish.
On the other hand, the latest Honda Performance Development ARX-03c was able to post a promising debut at the 6 Hours of Silverstone on April 14, 2013.
Fielded by Strakka Racing and driven by British trio Jonny Kane, Nick Leventis and Danny Watts, the ARX-03c encountered a dismal start in the opening round of this 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship after it was forced to start from the back of the grid after succumbing to issues during what was considered a controversial new qualifying format on Saturday. Despite the setback, the ARX-03c was able to climb from 30th to seventh place in just six laps.