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The world’s most famous hill climb and America’s second-oldest motorsports race will be live streamed online for the first time in its 91-year history.
There will be a MINI in the Pikes Peak International hill Climb with with French driver Jean-Philippe Dayraut behind the wheel.
Two of Pikes Peak’s most seasoned veterans will have a showdown at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb when Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima and Rod Millen face off in the Electric Auto Division.
After an announcement that it would be postponed as a result of wild fires, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb has now been rescheduled for August 12th.
With a record number of media credentials already confirmed and a total of 211 competitors signed on, this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been postponed due to wildfires near the event venue in Colorado Springs.
Racing driver Walter Rohrl, Group B monster Audi Sport quattro S1, and the treacherous Pikes Peak Hill Climb are iconic in and of themselves, but when combined, it marks a legendary moment in the history of motorsports.
25 years ago, when the 4,301 meter hill climb was pure gravel, Rohrl threw his Audi around 156 cliff-side corners, four-wheel drifting his way to the summit to set a record breaking time of 10 minutes, 47.85 seconds.
Since then, Rohrl has been dethroned by the likes of Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima and the Unlimited class Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special, climbing the modern Pikes Peak in 9 minutes 51.278 seconds. However, the hill climb course itself is now completely paved with tarmac and while that provides better grip for the cars to climb faster, this dampens the sheer danger and spectacle of its gravel past.
This year, Walter Rohrl and his record-setting Audi Sport quattro S1 will return to Pikes Peak for an exhibition drive. Although Rohrl will not be competing on the main event, race fans will certainly be excited to see their childhood heroes back together again.
Check out footage of Walter Rohrl’s 1987 Climb in his Audi Sport quattro S1 after the jump: Continue Reading…
Last year, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima became the first driver to ever break the 10 minute barrier during the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
There’s no questioning Tajima’s reign on Pikes Peak, but this might surprise you. It appears that the famed driver is looking to surprise everyone by campaigning in an electric car for this year’s climb.
“This year we will challenge the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with EV (Electric Vehicle). I will challenge breaking my world record and would like to win seven consecutive victories,” Tajima wrote on his Facebook page.
Not only is he looking to break the EV record for the Hill Climb this year, he wants to reset the overall record that he set last year. Yeah, Tajima not only wants to shock the world by racing an EV up Pikes Peak, but he wants to do it in a fashion that solidifies EV performance. It’s actually not such an outlandish idea, considering EVs aren’t hindered by the increased elevation like a standard gasoline engine is.
Tajima’s Team APEV Monster Sports is still in the process of assembling the electric car so details are light on it currently. We’re not too far off from the actual event, so we’ll keep a close eye out for additional releases on what Tajima has up his sleeve this year.
One special Mitsubishi i-MiEV city electric car gets pumped up with performance enhancers as the Japanese automaker prepares to enter an all-electric race car into the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Details are limited for now, but Mitsubishi says the new i-MiEV hill climb prototype will be based upon many of the same production model components. However, judging from the illustrations, “production based” is loosely interpreted. Designed with a center single-seat driving position, the rendered i-MiEV hill climb prototype is significantly wider and more aerodynamically stylized than the standard road car.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be held on July 8th and the specialized i-MiEV will be piloted by Hiroshi Masuoka, a two time Dakar Rally winner in 2002 and 2003 behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Pajero.
GALLERY: Mitsubishi i-MiEV Hill Climb Prototype