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  • Romain Dumas drives the Volkswagen ID R at 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

    French brand Peugeot has fired shots at the current Pikes Peak record holder, Volkswagen. Peugeot believes it can overtake the German brand and set a quicker time at the famed hill climb. Yet, it appears said shots were blank shells because Peugeot doesn't actually have any plans to take the record back, according to a Top Gear report last Friday. Peugeot set the hill climb record in 2013 with a time of 8:13.878 using a modified 208 rally car. VW managed to run a 7:57.148 with its all-electric ID R race car. That wasn't too impressive, Peugeot Sport boss Bruno Famin said. He proclaimed 10 to...

  • Volkswagen ID R tackles Pikes Peak
    Watch the sights and listen to the eerie sounds of the VW ID R setting the Pikes Peak record

    Volkswagen and Romain Dumas achieved a tremendous feat when they teamed up to set a new record at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in late June with a run of 7:57.148. While we all eagerly await footage taken from the cockpit of the electric ID R race car, for now, we can appreciate the run via aerial...

  • Bentley Bentayga Pikes Peak Special Edition
    Bentley announces Bentayga Pikes Peak Edition to honor record-setting run

    This past Sunday, Bentley set a new record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a slightly modified Bentayga. The SUV climbed the mountain in 10:49.9 to break the previous record set for quickest production SUV at the hill climb by almost 2 minutes. Pikes Peak veteran Rhys Millen was at...

  • Romain Dumas drives the Volkswagen ID R at 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
    Why VW tackled and shattered Pikes Peak electrically

    For want of a $12.24 ball joint in 1987, Volkswagen might not be here. That year, the twin-engine, 652-horsepower Golf driven by Jochi Kleint broke a front ball joint a mere three turns from the finish line, therein sowing the seed of revenge. So, if not for that bit of bad luck, VW might not have...

  • Romain Dumas drives the Volkswagen ID R at 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
    VW ID R electric racer smashes Pikes Peak record

    Volkswagen has done it. The German automaker's ID R electric race car has not only broken the record for electric cars in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, it's also broken the record for all classes by setting a blistering time of 7:57.148 during the 2018 running held on Sunday. The...

  • VW ID R at Pikes Peak
    VW details the engineering behind charging ID R Pikes Peak racer

    Volkswagen will attempt to set a new record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the electric-car class with the ID R electric racer on June 24. But even before the car hits the course, an incredible amount of planning has gone into ensuring the ID R is a has every chance to compete...

  • Twin-engined Volkswagen Golf used to race up Pikes Peak

    It might look like nothing more than a Golf that's been prepped for motorsport duty, but this VW packs a twin-engined, high-altitude secret. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a torturous test of man and machine. Today, the route to the top is fully paved but it wasn't always that way. Drivers raced up a treacherous dirt course before they summited 14,115 feet above sea level. The event attracted (and continues to attract) some wild machines. One such wacky racer comes from VW. In 1987, Pikes Peak was dominated by wild, raucous rally machines driven by fearless folks forever existing...

  • Acura at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
    2019 Acura RDX to race at Pikes Peak

    Fresh from its world debut in March at the 2018 New York auto show, Acura's redesigned 2019 RDX will be among the vehicles racing to the clouds in this year's Pike Peak International Hill Climb. The Japanese firm won't be running a completely stock RDX, though. Competing in the Exhibition Class...

  • VW ID R testing at Pikes Peak
    Volkswagen ID R hits Pikes Peak for first test run

    Volkswagen's lightweight electric racer, the ID R, has taken to Pikes Peak for its first test run. VW announced on Friday that the ID R had taken to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for test runs ahead of the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24. Behind the wheel is Romain...

  • Volkswagen testing the I.D. R Pikes Peak race car
    Volkswagen goes lightweight with the I.D. R Pikes Peak electric race car

    Aerodynamics and power are two very important focus points for any race car. Another is dropping as much weight as possible. If you have a vehicle that doesn't weigh much, offers substantial power, and grips the road, then you have a recipe for success come race day. Volkswagen is hoping it's...

  • Volkswagen is focused on aerodynamics with its ID R Pikes Peak racer
    Volkswagen chases extreme downforce for its ID R Pikes Peak racer

    Volkswagen returns to the the International Pikes Peak Hill Climb on June 24, and the German automaker is going high-tech with its new race car, the ID R. This all-electric race car packs plenty of power to help it silently scoot to the mountain's 14,115-foot summit. However, as this video shows...

  • 2018 Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak race car
    VW ID R Pikes Peak racer accelerates faster than an F1 car

    Volkswagen on Sunday took the covers off its new ID R electric race car at a special launch event in Alès, France. This is the car that VW will enter in the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, currently scheduled for June 24. The ID R will contest Pikes Peak’s Electric Modified...

  • 2018 Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak race car

    Volkswagen’s motorsport division has been busy since ending its dominant run in the World Rally Championship at the close of the 2016 season. VW confirmed last year it will be returning to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2018, with 2017's winner Romain Dumas set to hop behind the wheel of a custom race car called the ID R Pikes Peak, new photos of which have been released ahead of the full reveal on April 22. The wild car, which is linked with VW's upcoming ID family of road-going electric cars, will compete in Pikes Peak’s Electric Modified Class, in which VW aims to...

  • 2018 Bentley Bentayga Pikes Peak International Hill Climb challenger
    Rhys Millen to pilot Bentley Bentayga in 2018 Pikes Peak

    Racing up a mountain is probably the last place you'd expect to see a Bentley Bentayga, but the ultra-luxury SUV will arrive this June to tackle one of the world's oldest and most famous hill climbs: the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Bentley on Tuesday revealed the specially prepped Bentyaga...

  • Scene from Ken Block’s Climbkhana Pikes Peak
    Ken Block’s "Climbkhana: Pikes Peak" is a race to the clouds like never before

    Ken Block has revealed his latest Internet-shattering drift video: “Climbkhana: Pikes Peak.” The video, which launched on Monday, predictably shows plenty of gripping, edge-of-your-seat drift action. Announced a year ago, the video sees the enterprising rally driver rocket his way up...

  • This 850-hp GT-R powered Ford Focus took on Pikes Peak
    Watch an 850-hp GT-R-powered Ford Focus attack Pikes Peak

    We're calling it a Ford Focus, but that's like calling Robocop a man. There are bits and pieces of him left in the machine, but he's way more cybernetic bits than Alex Murphy human parts. The Focus here essentially takes the A-pillar and front glass from the former economy car, and swaps everything...

  • Faraday Future FF 91 protoype during the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
    Watch the Faraday Future FF 91 take on Pikes Peak

    Electric car startup Faraday Future may be facing some significant financial challenges right now, but that didn’t stop the company from entering the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. During the event held on Sunday, a prototype for Faraday Future’s first model, the FF 91, raced...

  • Pikes Peak Acura
    Romain Dumas wins 2017 Pikes Peak hill climb, his third title

    The 2017 Pikes Peak Hill Climb saw dozens of entrants, but only a few of them went home winners. For the overall title, that victory went to Romain Dumas once again. Dumas piloted his Norma MXX RD Limited to victory for the third time in four years. Dumas took home the win with a final time of...

  • 2017 Acura TLX A-Spec race car set for 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

    Following an impressive performance last year with a near-stock NSX and an all-electric version, Acura is returning to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and this time it’s bringing not only the NSX but also its latest baby, the TLX A-Spec. But rather than run a stock TLX up the mountain, Acura decided to have a little fun and has dropped a 500-horsepower engine into the normally staid sedan. Acura will also enter its latest TLX GT race car, designed for the Pirelli World Challenge, in the event. The 500-hp TLX is based on the 2018 TLX A-Spec. It will be entered into Pikes...

  • Faraday Future FF 91 during testing for 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
    Faraday Future highlights FF 91’s dynamic qualities, confirms 2017 Pikes Peak entry

    Faraday Future may be desperate for cash these days but this isn’t stopping the company from pressing ahead with plans for production of the FF 91 electric car. In a new video, Faraday Future highlights the dynamic qualities of the FF 91 and gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the...

  • Pace Innovations hill climb car
    Nissan GT-R-powered Ford Focus to tackle 2017 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

    If there's one country other than the United States that has a bonkers relationship with power and oddball builds, it's Australia. Take this Nissan GT-R-powered Ford Focus for example. Okay, so it's not exactly a Ford Focus anymore—it only shares the windshield and A-pillars at this...

  • 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR Twin Turbo
    Ken Block to take on Pikes Peak with 1,400-hp Hoonicorn RTR

    Ken Block earlier in October unveiled a new twin-turbocharged version of his Hoonicorn RTR, a 1965 Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Mustang modified to go sideways at high speeds. We now know what the rally driver needed those massive blowers for. He’s taking the Hoonicorn RTR Twin Turbo up to the...

  • Acura NSX at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
    Acura NSX wins its class in Pikes Peak Hill Climb

    With a margin of more than 11 seconds over of its nearest competitor, Acura's new NSX has taken home victory in its class at the grueling Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado. The NSX won the Time Attack 2 division, which consists of cars that are only lightly modified from showroom...

  • Acura NSX EV concept, 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
    Acura reveals electric NSX for 2016 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

    Acura recently confirmed plans to enter an electric NSX in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Today we got our first look at the car which Acura calls the NSX EV concept. The NSX EV is powered by four electric motors that together form a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system...

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