This year is shaping up to be a good one for the Unlimited class at the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. Drivers have been aspiring to break into the 9-minute mark for decades now but it seems like this year may be the year we’ll actually witness it.
Paul Dallenbach campaigned in the Unlimited class last year, with is custom racer sporting 745-hp and 650 ft-lbs of torque. But he wasn’t satisfied and knew he needed a much more potent engine program to compete with the likes of Rhys Millen and Nobuhiro Tajima in hitting the 9-minute mark.
So what did Dallenbach do? They turned to Banks Power and by combining their great minds, a twin-turbocharged effort was spawned which throws down an astonishing 1,307-hp with 1,206 ft-lbs of torque. Now if that doesn’t help Dallenbach power up Pikes Peak, we’re not sure what will.
Now obviously with all that extra power available, he had to do some shakedown runs to get used to the car. And thankfully they were there with video cameras to record it for the world to see.
Will this year finally be the year we’ll see a 9-minute pass up Pikes Peak? We’re keeping our fingers crossed. Check out a video of how fast this bad boy is after the break.