2014 Range Rover Sport is official Pace Car at 2013 Pikes Peak Race

Article by Anita Panait, on June 29, 2013

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.

Land Rover has gifted the new Range Rover Sport with a bold and progressive exterior that allows it to be identifiable with the latest Range Rover offerings. As designed, the new Range Rover Sport reinterprets the strong design DNA of the current model. It looks more contemporary and sleeker. Moreover, its sporting nature is enhanced by its sloping roofline.

With a length of 4,850 mm, the new Range Rover Sport is around 62 mm longer than the previous model, but is still shorter than most E segment saloons and other seven-seat SUVs. This means that the new Range Rover Sports remains easy to maneuver and easier to park. But since its wheelbase is longer by 178 mm than its predecessor, it offers more interior space and better access to the rear cabin. Compared to the model from which it was derived, the new Range Rover Sport is 149 mm shorter, 55 mm lower and 45 kg lighter.

A number of classic Range Rover Sport design cues have been given fresh interpretation in the newest iteration, like its hallmark clamshell bonnet, side fender vents and floating roof as well as dynamic wheel arch graphic, characteristic rocker moldings and horizontal body feature lines. Although the front end of the Range Rover Sport still managed to retain its powerful character, it now sports a more modern look, thanks to its rearward sloping grille, slimmer lights and more sculpted corners.

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All-New Range Rover Sport Announced As Official Pace Car At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The all-new Range Rover Sport has been confirmed as the official Pace Car for this Sunday's 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Known as the Race To The Clouds, the annual event on America's Mountain in Colorado, USA, is famous for its spectacular location and unforgiving nature, with much of the 12.4-mile course lined by sheer drops down the mountainside.

As the course-opening car, the Range Rover Sport will revisit the scene of its own record-setting run earlier this month, when it powered to a new best time up the hill for a production-standard Sport Utility Vehicle and broke the long standing record for any type of production-standard vehicle. The Range Rover Sport negotiated the 12.42-mile course, which has 156 corners and ascends from 9,390 feet (2,860m) above sea level to 14,110 feet (4,300m), in just 12 minutes 35.61 seconds - an average speed, from a standing start, of 59.17 mph (95.23 kph).

The record was set in a Range Rover Sport powered by a 510PS 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8 engine, the vehicle altered from production specification only in the fitment of a roll cage and harness seatbelts to meet racing safety requirements.
On the record run, the Range Rover Sport was driven by Pikes Peak specialist Paul Dallenbach. This Sunday, the Pace Car will be driven by veteran motorsports competitor and official Gay Smith, of Colorado Springs. Smith 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 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has attracted 157 competitors (70 cars and 87 motorcycles), with drivers and riders from 16 nations. The entry is headlined by World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb.

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.

Internet visitors can also, starting from this weekend, watch a newly-released four-minute documentary film about the Range Rover Sport's record run at Pikes Peak earlier this month, with spectacular views from inside and outside the vehicle. This can be seen on Land Rover's YouTube channel.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The Pikes Peak car and motorcycle hill climb competition is held annually on a 12.42-mile (19.99 km) section of the road that runs up to the summit of Pikes Peak Mountain, 14 miles north-west of the town of Colorado Springs.

First run in 1916, Pikes Peak is the USA's second-oldest motorsport event. Some of America's most famous racing drivers - Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Rick Mears, and Al Unser - have won the competition, as have internationally acclaimed rally drivers such as Michele Mouton, Ari Vatanen, Per Eklund and Stig Blomqvist.

All-New Range Rover Sport

Developed alongside the highly-acclaimed Range Rover, the all-new Range Rover Sport delivers the brand's best-ever on-road dynamics together with class-leading, genuine Land Rover all-terrain capability, while presenting customers with a more assertive and muscular exterior, more luxurious interior and the flexibility provided by the option of occasional third row seating.

Exploiting Land Rover's breakthrough lightweight suspension design and innovative dynamic chassis technologies, the All-New Range Rover Sport's first-in-class aluminium architecture achieves a weight saving of more than 420kg.

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