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… Continue Reading...
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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… Continue Reading...
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… Continue Reading...
“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… Continue Reading...
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… Continue Reading...
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… Continue Reading...
AC Propulsion, a global leader in electric drive design, development and manufacturing, announced today that the Yokohama-sponsored electric race car using AC Propulsion’s proprietary electric drive system broke it’s own record set last year at the 88th annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The electronic race car won the hill climb’s Exhibition Class and set… Continue Reading...
“B-Spec Rally Fit” and “Desert Pilot” sound like the names of Steven Seagal characters, but they’re actually Honda’s attempt to tackle the 89th annual Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. The Rally Fit is a modified version of the Fit that aims to keep things as stock as possible, while the Desert Pilot makes no pretentions about… Continue Reading...
Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima is no stranger to Pikes Peak: he’s won the International Hill Climb five times, and currently holds the record for the fastest time up the mountain. This year, he’s aiming to win again, and who is his greatest opponent? Himself. The current best time up the 12.42-mile course is 10:01.408, set by… Continue Reading...
What better way to spend more time on the trace track than to build one in your own back yard. Or better still, your front yard, as your driveway, tempting you to set a new record lap every time you return home. That’s exactly what former Pikes Peak record holder Rod Millen has done at… Continue Reading...
Earlier in the month we heard about Dallenbach Racing teaming up with Bank’s Power to bring a 1,300-hp beast to Pikes Peak’s Unlimited Class. Excitement was brewing and it looks like Dallenbach Racing is smart enough to feed our appetite for speed with more teasers showing just how potent their machine is and how ready… Continue Reading...
While little known on our shores, the Dacia Duster is a popular crossover in Eastern Europe. In two weeks time, however, it will get plenty of attention here, as it races to the clouds in the annual Pikes Peak hill climb. The rally car race version of the Duster couldn’t be further from the production… Continue Reading...
Rhys Millen is looking to obtain the Holy Grail of Pikes Peak racers by finally pulling off a 9-minute run up the infamous hillclimb course. When he first debuted the Hyundai-powered RMR PM580, jaws dropped and many knew if anyone was to pull off the feat, it would be someone with the last name of… Continue Reading...
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… Continue Reading...
On June 26, an electric Nissan Leaf will compete in the 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb driven by Nissan off-road truck racing champion Chad Hord. The Leaf will compete in the Production Class for electric vehicles in factory shape. Other than a roll cage, racing seats and safety harnesses the car will be entirely… Continue Reading...
The Romanian racing company Dacia famous for winter racing has joined Renaultsport, and a number of independent firms to build the Dacia Duster. The “No Limit” race car driven by Jean-Phillipe Dayraut was built for the Unlimited class at Pikes Peak. In this class, there are essentially no restrictions placed on a car’s specifications. In… Continue Reading...
Before there was Rhys Millen tearing up Pikes Peak, there was Rod Millen claiming records capturing the Unlimited crown fives times in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999. But now that he has successfully handed the motorsports torch to his son Rhys Millen, Rod has taken more of a backseat approach since 2000 from Pikes… Continue Reading...
If you’ve never witnessed the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb, you’re truly missing out in an unbelievable experience. The locale itself is a sight to behold and watching high-horsepower machines blast their way up the mountainside is just icing on the cake. That being said, it’s easy to understand why any automaker would want to… Continue Reading...
The Pikes Peak Hill Climb event attracts racers and car manufacturers from around the world. In the last quarter-century, the Germans, the Japanese and more recently the South Koreans have had a go in conquering this mountain, and now it looks like its Romania’s turn. Yea, Romania. Dacia might not be well know in America,… Continue Reading...
Audi‘s autonomous TTS ascended Pikes Peak without any human controlling it, but the trip took 10 minutes longer than normal, due to lower than average speeds. While a normal trip up the 14,110 foot mountain takes about 17 minutes, the autonomous TTS took 27 minutes. Speeds were much slower than with a human driver, with… Continue Reading...
UPDATE: Audi’s official statement below Jalopnik is reporting that an Audi commercial shoot at Pikes Peak took a tragic turn after a helicopter crashed during filming. Reports say that the pilot is in critical condition with the other three passengers injured as well. The commercial apparently involved the autonomous TTS, with the helicopter filming the… Continue Reading...
Cadillac‘s record-setting 7:59 lap of the Nurburgring was set 2 years ago, but that’s not stopping Cadillac from belatedly celebrating by filming a commercial that gives viewers a taste of what it’s like to lap the ‘Ring at a fast pace. The ad is being filmed at the ‘Ring with a bevy of pro, drivers,… Continue Reading...
Hyundai may have created a lot of buzz with its Pikes Peak record attempt this year but it was Suzuki (yes, Suzuki) that climbed the hill the fastest. Even more surprising is the fact that Suzuki driver Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima won the race for the fifth straight year, setting a dominant pace that put him… Continue Reading...
Porsche aficionado Jeff Zwart has done much to publicize his efforts at Pikes Peak with his 911 GT3, but really, what more do you need than a professional quality video to tell you what Zwart and the 911 are all about? Hustling the 911 up Pikes Peak’s 12.42 mile hill took Zwart 11:31.095 with an average speed… Continue Reading...