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Bentley Bentayga enters upcoming Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado

The Bentley Bentayga is set to participate in the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb that is slated to take place on June 24th in Colorado.

The automaker’s motorsport department is currently working on improving the vehicle’s performance. For it to succeed, the 600 horsepower SUV will have to go through the 12.42-mile (19.98 kilometers) hill climb with a total of 156 corners, as fast as it can. In fact, it will have to be faster than all the other SUVs joining. Vehicles that will participate in Pikes Peak will have to climb 4,720 feet all the way to the finish line at the mountain’s summit of 14,115 feet.

Brian Gush, motorsport executive, said that since the Bentley Bentayga was released, the luxury SUV has set the benchmark for vehicles - thanks to the balance it has achieved in terms of bespoke British craftsmanship, performance, and grand touring ability.

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VW will attempt Pikes Peak record in 2018 with new fully electric race car

Volkswagen had been reluctant to offer info about its new race car but it seems to have gotten over some of its shyness as it published the first batch of teasers last October 18. The company plans to have this model participate in the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Club. When looking at it, one can assess how fast it will be, with its massive front splitter and a huge rear wing. As of now, the only images we have are of the EV’s silhouette. This alone is getting us excited about next year’s hill climb, which will take place on June 24.

The last time Volkswagen attended the challenging Pikes Peak event was over two decades ago, and some of us were not even born yet. It was a twin-engined Golf that the company brought to the event back in 1987, where one engine drive the front wheels, while the other powering the rear axle. Too bad the all-wheel drive creation was not able to finish the hill climb. Decades later, Volkswagen is getting ready for a rematch with what they have to reveal soon.

Volkswagen Motorsport is currently developing the fully electric race car, and based on the photos, it looks like it features a fighter jet-styled canopy on top of its curvaceous body. The automaker is currently working with their technical development center based in their hometown in Wolfsburg Germany. The biggest challenge these engineers will have to face is to create an EV that a skilled driver can drive to complete the hill climb in under 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds, that is needed by Rhys Millen and his e0 PP100 last year.

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Ken Block does a Climbkhana – a gymkhana while climbing the Pikes Peak [w/video]

Ever heard of a driver performing a gymkhana while climbing the world-renowned Pikes Peak? Seems unusual and outrageous, but there is a driver daring enough to take on this challenge. Professional rally driver, Ken Block, is more than skilled to pilot an equally outrageous car to perform a “Climbkhana” (climbing + gymkhana) at the Pikes Peak, the high point of the El Paso county in Colorado, United States.

A gymkhana performance is a difficult thing to accomplish, and so is climbing a 14,000-feet mountain. Block managed to accomplish both in his Pikes Peak Climbkhana performance, making it seem that his methanol-fueled highly modified car was dancing as it traveled from the starting point to the finish line at the peak.

To set things straight, Block’s Climbkhana wasn’t a shot at being the fastest to complete the Pikes Peak. That record was set in 2013 by Sebastien Loeb in the driver’s seat of a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak. He completed the 12.42 miles of the climb course in just eight minutes and 13.878 seconds. That wasn’t an easy feat, considering that climbing from 9,390 ft. (2,862 meters) to 14,110 ft. (4,300 meters) -- both above sea level – affects the performance of a typical engine due to atmospheric density or air density. Thinner air means less compression for a typical engine as less oxygen and other matter is drawn into the cylinders.

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Faraday Future FF 91 faces off against Tesla Model S P100D at Pikes Peak Hill Climb in June

It will be a monster smackdown between two of the quickest and fastest electric cars in the world as they challenge the so-called Race to the Clouds in June 2017. So, which would it be -- a Tesla or a Faraday?

To set things straight first, the fastest vehicle to complete the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb course – measuring around 12.42 grueling miles – isn’t an electric car, but a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak piloted by Sebastien Loeb. The fastest of the Pikes Peak completed the hill climb run in just eight minutes and 13.878 seconds in 2013. Electric vehicles have been trying to challenge the Pikes Peak even before Loeb made the new record.

While there was a year (2015) that an electric car driven by Rhys Millen won all classes at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, this unit failed to break the speed record. Millen’s eO PP03 only managed to post a course time of 9 minutes and 7.222 seconds. In 2016, Millen improved his own time, driving an e0 PP100 to a new electric car record of eight minutes and 57.118 seconds.

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The new Acura EV Concept will be fielded in the Electric Modified Class at the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as powered by an evolved version of the all-electric, four-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain that made a dominating case in the 2015 Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition class.

Inspired by the NSX supercar, the Acura EV Concept will be piloted by Tetsuya Yamano at the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Yamano remarked that the team has been working on the Acura EV Concept for several weeks at Pikes, thereby significantly advancing the prototype’s performance. He said it will be an honor to pilot the Acura EV Concept at the 100th year of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Yamano piloted the CR-Z-based electric prototype in 2015.

The Acura EV Concept is regarded as a definitive personification of the all-wheel-drive Electric SH-AWD powertrain that features the first technology in the world that allows for four-wheel independent torque allocation. As a point of interest, the Electric SH-AWD powertrain in the Acura EV Concept could provide three times the total system output of 2015 electric prototype. Honda’s "super handling" technology has been in development for over two decades as the carmaker’s R&D seeks to achieve ideal vehicle handling.

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Sebastien Loeb proved why he was a nine-time World Rally Champion in 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by setting a new race record on the contest dubbed as the "Race to the Clouds." Loeb easily broke the hill-climb race record set in 2012 by Rhys Millen by almost one-and-a-half minute. Loeb zoomed from the starting line of the 12.42-mile snake-like course and reached the finish line in just 8:13.878, much faster than Millen's 9:46.181.

Loeb set the new race record in a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak competing in the Unlimited class, and averaged 87 miles per hour. Coming in second and also breaking his previous record was Millen, clocking 9:02.192 in his 2013 Hyundai PM580T. Jean-Philippe Dayraut also managed to break last year's record in a 2011 Mini Countryman, clocking 9:42.740. Paul Dallenbach also surpassed the 2012 record in his 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, clocking 9:46.001. He also won the Time Attack class.

A number of records were also broken during the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, thanks to a course that is now entirely paved.  Carlin Dunne nearly broke his own overall record for the motorcycles at Pikes Peak, which is at 9:52.819. Dunne topped the Exhibition Powersports class by clocking 10:00.694 on his 2013 Lightning Electric SuperBike. Bruno Langlois set a new record in the Pikes Peak 1205 class on his 2013 Ducati Multistrada by clocking 10:21.323.

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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.

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Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. will field two MiEV Evolution II pure-electric race cars in the Electric Vehicle Division of the world-famous 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) scheduled on June 30, 2013 near Colorado Springs, Colorado. The racing EVs will be driven by two-time Dakar Rally overall champion Hiroshi Masuoka returns and six-time Pikes Peak overall motorcycle champion Greg Tracy. The Mitsubishi Motors Racing Team tested its MiEV Evolution II racing units at Pikes Peak on June 15 and 16, 2013. The vehicle testing showed that the team's EV racing prototypes are all ready to challenge the Race to the Clouds. The MiEV Evolution II boasts of a distinct four-motor drivetrain -- two in the front and another two in the rear -- based on a modified high-output version of the production Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle motor.

The MiEV Evolution II also boasts of a tube-frame chassis, Mitsubishi's advanced Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive technology and aerodynamically enhanced carbon-fiber bodywork. It features state-of-the-art high-capacity lithium-ion batteries produced by Lithium Energy Japan (LEJ). The 2012 edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb saw the debut of Mitsubishi Motors in the EV Division. The team's i-MiEV Evolution racing prototype driven by Masuoka managed to secure the second spot in the EV class. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a 12.42-mile snake-like course that starts at an elevation of 9,390 feet and finishes at 14,110 feet.

"I was very impressed with the performance and capabilities of last year's Pikes Peak racing car," said Masuoka. "But the improved power output, Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) handling and level of downforce exhibited from this year's all-new MiEV Evolution II is remarkable." Teammate Greg Tracy also came away impressed with the unique quad-motor 400 kW (536 bhp) all-electric race car. "Having watched Mitsubishi Motors' success last year in their inaugural Pikes Peak run, and having used Mitsubishi's S-AWC in my World Record Loop at the X Games, I was honored to be given the opportunity to race for MMNA in the EV Division. Having now tested the car, I am even more thrilled."

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The redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander crossover will serve as the “Official Safety Vehicle” for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) slated for June 30. The seven-seat 2014 Outlander is suited to be the “Official Safety Vehicle” for this annual hill climb as it boasts of several technologically-advanced safety features like the Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM).

2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) will take place in the spectacular Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Participants will have to conquer a snake-like Pikes Peak road course that is 12.42 miles in length.

They have to challenge 156 corners and battle a daring climb from an elevation of 9,390 feet to 14,110 feet. This year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the 91st running of the event since 1916, making it the second oldest motor race in the United States after the Indianapolis 500.

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Peugeot Sport and ace driver Sébastien Loeb set up a camp at Pikes Peak in Colorado, United States for the first official practice sessions for the 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb. During the morning briefs before the first official practice runs, the Race Director asked drivers to take extra care, as water on the roadside snow had frozen overnight.

All of the teams and drivers who participated in the first official practice sessions, including Peugeot Sport and Loeb, have one thing in mind – capture the Pikes Peak hill climb crown on June 30, 2013.

Teams and drivers indeed have to take extra effort and extra care if they want to come out on top of the field on the big event. Not rushing things, Peugeot Sport and Loeb have adopted a one-step-at-a-time approach in order to make certain their strong performance on the hill climb challenge.

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The all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport has set the record for a production-standard sport utility vehicle as well as the record for any production-standard vehicle on the Pikes Peak course, where the annual contest known as 'The Race To the Clouds' will be held at the end of the month.

Coming from a standing start, the Range Rover Sport cruised through the 12.42-mile snake-like asphalt course, reaching the finish line in a record time of 12 minutes 35.61 seconds -- equivalent to an average speed of 59.17 mph (95.23 kph).

The record was independently timed and sanctioned by PPIHC (Pikes Peak International Hill Climb), organizers of the spectacular annual competition at the venue located in Colorado.

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is fielding a modified TMG EV P002 at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to defend its electric title. TMG is aiming to break the record set in 2012 at 10 minutes 15.380 seconds as its engineer used the data from last year’s run to further improve the performance of the TMG powertrain.

The TMG EV P002 has become the benchmark for electric race cars around world, after showing exhilarating performance and versatility in setting the current electric records at Pikes Peak and Nürburgring Nordschleife. The TMG EV P002 is now on its way to Salisbury, N.C., where TOYOTA Racing Development U.S.A. Inc. (TRD USA) is getting ready to implement aerodynamic upgrades to the Radical-based chassis as well as track testing.

The TMG EV P002 will then be put on the ultimate challenge as it climbs the Pikes Peak on June 30, 2013, as piloted by record-setting driver Rod Millen. He has set a number of records at 19.99-kilometer Pikes Peak track and his huge experience in this motorsport event will be further boosted by the various improvements made to the TMG EV P002.

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Honda has made a pledge to heavily participate in the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as both a sponsor and race competitor. It aims to enter products in nine race classes, marking the first time for any OEM in a single Pikes Peak event. Honda makes this move as part of its increasing commitment to grassroots racing in North America. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will be the Partnering Sponsor for this year’s event.

This would be Honda’s first time to participate as a corporate sponsor of this iconic race event. The 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is set to take place on June 30 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mike Accavitti, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations for American Honda, said that Honda is taking its opportunity in Pikes Peak to display its diverse product lineup and to uplift Honda enthusiasts around the globe as the company seeks to reinforce Honda's presence in racing at all levels.

He also said that Honda will be preparing for this diverse field of race vehicles and to demonstrate Honda’s racing spirit. He cited the support coming from Honda's North American R&D and motorsports companies (Honda R&D Americas, Inc. and Honda Performance Development, Inc.) to promote a wide lineup of Honda and Acura vehicles, along with Honda motorcycles and ATVs.

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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.

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We finally got our first teaser image of the Peugeot 208 T16 that Sebastien Loeb will drive at the Pikes Peak hillclimb this year. On June 30, the nine-time WRC champion will take part in the 'Unlimited' class. For this year, the car has a profile that’s similar to the roadgoing 208. It is a very extreme model that makes use of the minimal limits of the Unlimited class.

Michael Trouve, who oversees silhouette design at Peugeot's Styling Centre, said that because of the bodywork modifications, the 208 takes on a look that’s almost the same as that of a beast. Trove said that working with some technical limitations, they created an “extreme” version of the 208. Trove supposedly had this sentiment after considering the 208 T16.

Among the features that it believes are the key to winning at the event are its big front and rear wings and wildly flared wheel arches to fit in the bigger wheels and brakes. The Pikes Peak for 2013 marks only the second time that the event has taken place on a totally paved track, after it was completed last year.

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Peugeot, with the help of key partners: Total, Red Bull, Michelin and Sébastien Loeb, will be participating at the 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado, USA, on June 30. The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak will be joining the race. Peugeot has previously triumphed using the iconic 205 T16 and 405 T16 Pikes Peak.

The automaker has embarked on a global campaign that includes raising sales worldwide and reaping the success of its new 208. Almost a century ago, Peugeot got its first racing win at Indianapolis. Since then, it has achieved multiple wins in several formidable motor sports events such as the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

In fact, the movie ‘Climb Dance’ talks about how Ari Vatanen broke records in the 1988 event in the 405 T16. Peugeot had its second win in this famous hill in 1989 with Robby Unser behind the wheel. Last year, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb’s course was finally entirely asphalted.

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A factory-supported, purpose-built unlimited class entry will be the vehicle driven by Rhys Millen, the defending champion of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Last year, Millen won the "race to the clouds" while driving a modified production 2012 Hyundai Genesis coupe. Hyundai unveiled the plan last Monday to support Millen's effort in a lightweight, 900-horsepower racing vehicle, which is fitted with a body that has a loose resemblance to the production Genesis coupe.

This vehicle will use powertrain components from Hyundai's Lambda engine lineup together with production components like block, cylinder heads and other parts. For this upcoming race, the modified production car that Millen drove in the Attack division last year will participate as part of a two-car team.

Last year, it set an event record of nine minutes, 46.16 seconds. Nissan declined to name who will drive this Attack entry. Steve Shannon, vice president of marketing for Hyundai Motor America, said that the all-time world record that Millen set last year in the production-based Genesis Coupe was a “defining milestone” in Hyundai's mission to make breathtaking and sturdy rear-drive performance vehicles that are as good on the road as on competitive motorsport.

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Audi wants to set a record at the upcoming Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. It was 25 years ago that Audi and Walter Rohrl were able to set the course record using their Audi Sport Quattro S1 rally car. For this race, Audi is preparing an RS5 to pay homage to the two icons. On Facebook, Audi posted a shadowy image of an RS5 that had Audi Sport decals. It also had the black, gray, and red racing stripe that could be seen on the 1984 S1.

RS5 is a visual tribute to the S1 but it’s not likely to offer the same power as the 80′s car. The S1 is famous for its output of 590 hp and 435 lb-ft of torque. It used a turbocharged five-cylinder engine partnered to a six-speed power-shift transmission, which was an early precursor to the existing S-tronic/DSG transmission.

This modern transmission will appear in the road-going RS5, which is powered by a 4.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers 450 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels. The S1 requires only 3.1 seconds to reach 60 mph but the RS5 can do so at 4.6 seconds. The plans for the RS5 aren’t clear yet, whether it will only be at the hill climb to be seen or if it will go up the roads. Audi has declined to clarify this issue.

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It appears that the wildfires threatening Colorado Springs and nearby communities made a new victim: the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 8, the competition will be postponed until alter this summer. According to Tom Osborne, Chairman of the Board of the PPIHC and President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, the U.S. Forest Service said that the conditions are so extreme and they can’t permit the event to go as scheduled.

For those who don’t know, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motor sports race behind the Indianapolis 500 and began in 1916. Over the years it earned its place among the world's greatest motor sports events, and it is an important part of the sports heritage of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. "Our deepest concern is for the safety of the public and the competitors, and it was obvious that several agencies charged with public safety would not be able to commit the resources and manpower required to ensure those requirements because of the critical need for their resources at this time. Our city is in an unprecedented struggle right now and we are deeply sensitive to it." said Osborne.

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Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) will showcase it high-performance electric powertrain technology at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado on July 8, 2012. The Colorado contest is considered as one of North America’s most demanding motorsport events. TMG will be fielding its TMG EV P002 car, an updated and more powerful version of its TMG EV P001 unit that set a still unbroken electric lap record of 9.1 minutes at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The TMG EV P002 car is equipped by a high-performance electric powertrain that took TMG’s advanced electric and electronic department months to develop. The TMG EV P002 that will compete at Pikes Peak is part of a project from RK1 Inc. It will be piloted by multiple Japanese rally champion Fumio Nutahara and will feature prominent branding from Yokohama.

Built on a Radical chassis, the TMG EV P002 is powered by two axial flux motors that provide up to 350kW of output, allowing the car to reach top speeds of up to 240km/h in Pikes Peak configuration.

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