A good fictional character once said, “I just wanna go fast.” That’s a noble pursuit, yet when you delve into the world of racing, you come up against so many rules and regulations in most series prohibiting you from so much that you just want to tear your hair out. Not so much at Pikes Peak.
One of the drivers’ favorite cars up the Mt. Washington Hill Climb this year was Mikko Kataja’s 4AGE Toyota Starlet shipped over from Finland wailing up the hill at 11,000 RPM. We had no idea how the narrow, frost-heaved road didn’t buck him straight off the mountain. Watching the onboard now, you can see it nearly…
I’ll be honest, I was genuinely scared to be the navigator for Bill Petrow’s Broken Motorsports Nissan 240SX, racing in the Mount Washington Hill Climb. And then my worst fear was realized. Well, not my worst fear. Nobody died. But we did do a 360 spin off of the mountain.
I watch a lot of onboard videos, but every once in a while, I just kind of stare at one in awe. The way this Datsun 240Z eats up mileage at this year’s Mt. Washington Hillclimb just completely broke my brain.
This might be the gnarliest thing that Travis Pastrana has ever done. The Mount Washington Hillclimb runs up one of the steepest, narrowest, bumpiest roads in the country, next to thousand foot drops. Pastrana broke his own record with a 5:44 run, half off the mountain itself.
Besides just sitting and looking pretty, here’s a practical reason for legendary race cars and sports cars alike to show up at the Goodwood Festival of Speed: there are a number of events and attractions to participate in. For anyone who is critical of the cars being locked away—un-driven, in a museum—this is the…
Race cars exist for two reasons: to go fast and to make exciting noises for us all to enjoy. Please take in the wonderful turbo chirp on this classic five-cylinder Audi S4 GTO from 1992.
I have spent most of my career helping to develop racecars. I have helped develop racecars for several manufacturers and top race teams. This, by far, has been the hardest, most stressful project I have ever done. The first challenge is the insanely short timeline to complete the build before the race. The second is…
My plan for this series was to break down the build of a Pikes Peak race car and make it nice and orderly. It’d start with buying a salvage donor car, designing a roll cage, then go through making carbon fiber parts and finish up with engine and performance upgrades before the race. Well, any plans of nice and orderly…
There’s a lot of car stuff out there on the Internet today. Turn your attention here, though, to this MkII Ford Escort RS2000, with a uncorked Pinto engine screaming up a hillclimb. Let me tell you, this is the good stuff.
Last time you saw me, I had just picked up a brand new, salvage-titled Corvette Z06 and had less than three months to turn it into a Pikes Peak Hill Climb contender. I know you are all chomping at the bit to hear about all kinds of engine mods that will make 80 gazillion horsepower, but I have something more crushing…
If you’re a petrolhead like me, then at some point in life you’ve driven past some clapped-out heap at the side of the road and dreamed of turning it into the most badass car on the planet. I’ve been there. Now that dream is real.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the most prestigious mountain race in the world. Faraday Future is a car company(?), or at least a company that aims to make cars. Now the two will (?) meet this year in competition.
Certainly, I can imagine a lot, but when you have Formula cars, drift cars, and home-built race tractors, you’ve really stretched the bounds of my brain.
I’m not that familiar with this particular race – a hillclimb event known as the Course de Côte Turkheim - 3 Epis – but I’m pretty sure I want to buy it expensive lotions and stalk it like a creepy ex. Mostly because of the incredible variety of cars this race has. Here, watch:
What’s a better go-faster accessory for a big, stinkin’ wing than an Alfa Romeo 4C? Nothing, that’s what.
What’s the best way to follow up winning the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans? Winning the 100th anniversary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is pretty far up the list. That’s what Porsche 919 driver Romain Dumas did a week after Le Mans, and his bone-shakingly rough PPIHC onboard video is simply unreal.
Two weeks after redefining my standard for batshit crazy at the Isle of Man TT, I found myself sitting at the foot of Pikes Peak, about to blast off up the hill to try to best the record for front-wheel-drive vehicles. And not kill myself in the process.
That, as they say, has not gone well.
There’s something exceptionally intense about hillclimb racing. The angry automotive sounds smashing nature’s solitude– it’s all very dramatic in a “man versus nature” kind of way. This car takes that to a new level though.