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Jeremy Foley, driver of a 560-hp Mitsubishi Evolution had some bad luck this past weekend at the Pikes Peak hill climb, when he and his co-driver Yuri Kouznetsov flew off course.
Audi has released a new video today, breaking down the full Pikes Peak race course and the obstacles that the RS5 and Ducati Multistrada 1200 S will face during the hill climb. The company also revealed a twitter based contest that gives fans the chance to drive both the Multistrada and RS5.
Known for his can-do attitude, Bill Caswell is a veteran of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb which will see more electric race cars this year than ever before.
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.
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.
California seems to be the next in line to legislate standards for autonomous vehicles after California Sen. Alex Padilla took a ride to the state capital to introduce a new bill.
He took that ride in one of Google’s autonomous Toyota Prius fleet vehicles and seemed wowed by the trip.
“It was pretty amazing when Google’s vehicle went into self-driving mode,” he said. “The drive was smooth and safe. It worked flawlessly,” he said to Autopia.
The bill wouldn’t specifically legalize self-driving cars, which already have a presence on California roads among other states. Instead, it would follow in Nevada’s footsteps to establish regulations and standards to tell law enforcement how to treat this technology.
The senator sees opportunity for California as a home for autonomous car development and as such, seems enthusiastic to put the framework in place to encourage such progress.
“California is uniquely positioned to be a global leader in this field,” he said.
Several projects have already, or are currently taking place in California to develop autonomous cars, including Google’s fleet which claims more than 200,000 total miles of autonomous driving between the vehicles. In 2010 Volkswagen worked with Stanford University to develop an Audi TTS capable of climbing Pike’s Peak driverless, home of the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb.
Padilla’s bill is specifically targeted at fully autonomous cars, meaning vehicles that self-park or feature adaptive cruise control won’t be affected.
For Pikes Peak this year, Porsche looked to reset the record books by throwing seven-time Pikes Peak Champion Jeff Zwart behind the wheel of the 911 GT2 RS. But to make it even more exciting, they had Zwart pick up the car from Porsche Motorsport in Santa Ana, CA and drive it 1,132 miles to the start line of America’s second oldest race in anticipation of setting new records.
While the achievement of besting his 2010 record setting run by 10 seconds and setting the fastest street-legal car ever at Pikes Peak is amazing enough, the video that Porsche produced of the journey is simply one-of-a-kind. From the adventure of getting to Pikes Peak to the actual car footage of it setting the record is simply incredible. Porsche did a fantastic job of capturing the elegance and beauty of Pikes Peak, while showing the exhilaration and danger of racing up the famed mountain.
Check out the video after the jump:
“Monster” Tajima’s record-setting Pikes Peak car was heavily sponsored by GoPro Cameras, which is why it’s no surprise that they’re letting us experience the glory of the sub-10-minute run for ourselves.
Tajima’s Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special was outfitted with multiple cameras, capturing every angle of the epic run. GoPro’s dedicated team of boffins is editing the footage right now—good luck boys, and I’ll buy you a Red Bull Sugarfree for your efforts—but what we do have right now is the most important angle of all: the front view out the cockpit, shot on the GoPro Hero in full, glorious 1080p HD.
Watch Tajima storm the tarmac after the jump.
The all-electric Nissan Leaf had a triumphant outing at Pikes Peak this past weekend, netting itself the win in the electric production class with Chad Hord behind the wheel. Even though it didn’t claim the EV record that AC Propulsion did, the Leaf proved to be a formidable production race car turning in a time of 14 minutes and 33 seconds.
As expected, the Leaf was basically stock except for some interior safety modifications and a more aggressive set of wheels and tires. A huge advantage that the all-electric Leaf had as it climbed up Pikes Peak was the fact that it suffered no power loss due to the thin air towards the summit. Traditional internal combustion engines are known to suffer as much as a 30-percent performance loss towards the top of the hill.
Nissan also had to equip their race car with a high-pitched warning beeper to caution spectators, photographers and workers that the Leaf was approaching. It must have truly been an interesting sight to see the Leaf zip by without a single sound other than that of tires squealing.
Along with the Leaf’s triumphant run up the famed Colorado summit, this past weekend’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb recorded several records, including Monster Tajima breaking the 10-minute barrier, and Jeff Zwart setting the street legal car record with an 11:07.869 in his Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
GALLERY: Pikes Peak Nissan Leaf
While Nobuhiro Tajima’s record-breaking run at Pikes Peak has been capturing all the attention after finally breaking the sub-1o minute mark for the first time ever, but another record was set at the famed Colorado mountain this weekend in something much more accessible to mere mortals.
Legendary Porsche shoe Jeff Zwart took a 911 GT2 RS up the mountain in 11:07.869, setting a new record for street legal cars. Zwart’s time was 6 seconds behind Rod Millen’s Hyundai Genesis Coupe race car, which took the overall win in 2WD Time Attack. Zwart noted that “we fell three seconds short of beating an all-out race car that is hundreds of pounds lighter with no street safety or emission equipment,” and felt confident that the record would stand for years to come.
[Source: Motor Trend]