Pikes Peak International Raceway (pikespeak)

Pikes Peak International Raceway (pikespeak)

Pikes Peak is the home of the dramatic wreck, thanks to its 156 twists and turns over a 12-mile-long mountain course. Thanks to Paul Dallenbach, we got a really cool first-hand account of one of the two most dramatic wrecks of this year’s run. Fortunately, he is doing well and seems ready to hop back in the driver’s seat.

By far the most dramatic wreck, but only because we get to see the entire thing unfold, is the one that Jeremy Foley and his co-driver endured. As his Lancer Evolution was heading toward an area very appropriately named “Devil’s Playground,” Jeremy lost control of his Evo and went straight over the hill, rolling about 10 times – by our count – before finally coming to a smoking rest. The two had Dallenbach-like luck, as neither broke any bones, according to reports, but the co-driver is suffering from a sore shoulder. Check out the dramatic video above.

Click past the jump to see additional footage of other wrecks from the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Pikes Peak is by far one of the most treacherous courses in the U.S., as it climbs a total of 4,720 feet over a span of 12.42 miles and it boasts 156 turns. Even on its own site it says “Competitors and vehicles must be in top shape simply to finish...let alone win!” The video above shows exactly what can happen when even the slightest error in a car can cause a deadly crash scene.

Fortunately for the racing world, Paul Dallenbach, the driver of the 1,400-horsepower monster you see taking high-speed plunge into the trees, cheated death this time around. We were interested in how he was feeling, so we gave our Paul a call and checked on his recovery process. He felt so good, he was able to give us a short interview about the crash, so our readers can get a good idea of what actually went on.

UPDATE 08/14/2012: Check out our images of the Dallenbach’s race car post crash, as well as the state of the scene after the crash!

We were also able to get a video of the crash from the car’s onboard camera!! Check it out above!

Click past the jump to read what Paul had to say about this gut wrenching wreck.

After a huge wildfire delayed the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, it has finally had its day in the spotlight, and it did not disappoint. The entire PPIHC was chock-full of craziness and highlights, along with some low-lights worthy of mention.

The biggest highlight of the day was seeing a record set at last year’s race fall. It fell not only once, but twice in only 10 starts. Switzerland’s Romain Dumas – a PPIHC rookie – fired up the hill, completing the course in just 9:46.18 in his 2012 Porsche GT3 RS . This demolished the 9:51.278 record set by Nobuniro Tajima In 2011. Just 10 starts later, Rhys Millen, an 18-year PPIHC veteran, beat Dumas’ time by 0.02 seconds in his 2012 Hyundai Genesis coupe. Yeah, figure that one out; a Hyundai beat a Porsche GT3 RS .

Dejected, Dumas vowed never to race Pike’s Peak again, claiming it is unfair because he raced in rainy conditions, while Millen got a drier track to run on. In all honesty, though, 10 starts just doesn’t seem like a long enough time frame to cause a huge discrepancy in track conditions. We’re calling “Sore loser” on this one. That’s no way to get a good name in the racing world.

A huge low-light in this year’s race is the fact that the 2011 champion and former record holder, Nobuniro Tajima, didn’t even get a shot at the title, as his electric motor burned up. Tajima had a pretty good chance to win the race in back-to-back years, but that was apparently not in the cards this year. We’re sure he’ll be back near the top next year.

Let’s take a look at the top-3 in each class, plus the top-10 overall results.

Click past the jump to see these results.

This year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is finally just around the corner after being canceled because of the Waldo Canyon wildfire in Colorado Springs. With the race taking place in the next week - August 12th to be exact - Audi is now announcing their presence at the climb with a teaser image of their competition vehicle, the RS5 .

All we have for now is this teaser image revealed by Audi on their Facebook page, but details surrounding the racer should be revealed next week when it begins its ascent. Audi previously announced that Walter Rohl would return to Pikes Peak as the driver of the the original Sport Quattro S1 he raced to victory a quarter of a century ago. They even released a video of the car’s preparations, meaning Audi could have two vehicles competing.

More details on this Audi RS5 Pikes Peak will be unveiled next week, so stay tuned!

UPDATE 08/10/2012: After delivering the first teaser image the other day, Audi has now unveiled the first official images of the RS5 which will climb Pikes Peak next week. These images also come with the announcement that Audi will team up with Ducati at Pikes Peak to celebrate their common heritage at this iconic mountain.

With the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb set to begin next week, we are getting more details on the models that will fight the hill this year. Hyundai ’s model for the race will be a Genesis Coupe specially customized for Pikes Peak.

Last year’s RMR PM580 failed to climb the hill, so this year’s model is getting a little help from a new braking sponsor in Pulse to make it worthy of the ascent. As for power, Hyundai hasn’t revealed any details about the Genesis’ powertrain, leaving the standard 350 HP V6 engine as the likely power source.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe Pikes Peak will be driven by Rhys Millen who will be piloting the car in the Time Attack class, racing against 2011 champion Brianne Corn, Toshiki Yoshioka, and Denver teenager Savannah Rickli.

More details about the new Hyundai Genesis Coupe Pikes Peak will be unveiled next week during the race, so stay tuned!

When the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was postponed last month because of the Colorado wildfires, it was met with understanding from a lot of people given the circumstances, but also with hints of disappointment from fans of the event.

But all’s about to be forgiven when the 90th installment of the event kicks off on August 12 . One vehicle that comes as a late entry into the party is this insane Acura NSX from the guys over at LoveFab in Traverse, Michigan. We say that word "insane" because the car features a ridiculous engine under its hood in the make of a twin-turbo C96S engine that produces a whopping 850 horsepower.

Needless to say, those numbers are tantamount to what you’d expect from cars that will be participating at Pikes Peak. Will the LoveFab NSX have what it takes to steal the show?

That remains to be seen, but it sure wouldn’t hurt that it has 850 horsepower to lean on to.

Check out videos of LoveFab’s Acura NSX by clicking on the photo above!

The devastating Waldo Canyon wildfire is no laughing matter, so much in fact that it forced the cancellation of the 2012 Pikes Peak Hill Climb , which was originally scheduled for July 8.

While we certainly hope and pray for the safety of all those involved, we were happy to find out that the race has been re-scheduled for August 12. Barring any conflicts from all the participants for the event, we can all expect a full cast of all the 211 competitors that will be ready to run the race up the clouds.

This year, we can expect to see the usual cast of racers at Pikes Peak led by no less than the legend himself, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima . A number of other drivers will also be in attendance, including Walter Röhrl who will be driving the iconic Audi Sport quattro A1 up the hill.

For now, pencil in August 12 as the date, although that could still change if the wildfire hasn’t been contained at that time.

So cross your fingers, people. While we’d love to see Pikes Peak take place on its re-scheduled date, we wouldn’t want to see it if it means that it could still be dangerous for all parties involved.

There are only a handful of circumstances that can force the cancellation of an event as highly-anticipated as the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb .

Unfortunately, Mother Nature is one of them.

As a result of the Waldo Canyon wildfire in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Forest Service has clamped down and banned the staging of the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in June 8. According to the government agency, the extreme conditions of the fire, coupled with its unpredictable nature, has made it virtually impossible to host the event at this moment.

Major bummer.

Tom Osborne, chairman of the board for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, understands the decision of the Forest Services, noting that safety for participants and fans remain top priority.

"Our deepest concern is for the safety of the public and the competitors," he said.

"It was obvious that several agencies charged with public safety would not be able to commit the resources and manpower required to ensure those requirements because of the critical need for their resources at this time. Our city is in an unprecedented struggle right now and we are deeply sensitive to it."

For now, race organizers have announced that the event will still take place at a later date, possibly "later in the summer." The schedule has to be set up in such a way that all the participants - drivers, teams, etc. - are available, making for what could be a huge logistical problem for the organizers.

Likewise, fans that have already booked tickets for the event will have their tickets honored on the new race date, whenever that’s going to be.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is famous for a lot of things. Last year, a whole lot of things happened, including Nissan’s record-breaking attempt climbing the hill with a Leaf ...and doing it in reverse.

This year, the Japanese automaker is headed back to Pikes Peak and to no one’s surprise, they’re attempting to break their year-old record. Professional stunt driver Terry Grant will once again man the wheels of the electric Leaf as it tries to complete the 1.16-mile hill climb course faster than it did a year ago. It’s a unique record, to say the least, one that Nissan is all too happy to have as its own.

"The LEAF Reverse Record isn’t going to be easy and will be very challenging," said Grant. "I’d prefer to do it on a nice straight and level strip of tarmac rather than on Lord March’s drive. The hill not only climbs, but is also full of twists, turns and obstacles."

We’ve seen some weird record attempts in the past, but we have to admit, Grant’s record attempt at Pikes Peak is something we’re really looking forward to.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is due to kick off on July 8th and we dug up a pretty interesting video from a test run. Paul Dallenbach’s, who will run a fairly nasty 1,400-horsepower car in this year’s PPIHC, was testing his high-powered machine and the video is bad-ass in itself, but an even more interesting event occurs at the 18-second mark.

Suddenly a strange object comes flying across the screen, just in front of Dallenbach’s car. What was it? Was it a bird, a chunk of his car, or maybe it was E.T. himself sneaking a quick peak at Dallenbach’s mean ride? Nope, none of those are right. Dallenbach’s team must not have strapped down his front on-board camera down tight enough and it went for a nice long flight across the road and down the mountain.

Even more amazing, the camera survived this launching and filmed the entire event. So, if you have never had the exhilarating experience of rolling down a mountain after being thrown from a car, here’s your chance to see how it looks without the pain of several broken bones. We need to find out whoever manufactured that camera and advise that this video becomes a part of its marketing campaign, as that is one indestructible hunk of electronics there.

Back to the car… Luckily, Dallenbach had several cameras on-board, so we got to see and hear this 1,400-horsepower, twin-turbocharged monster work its ass off getting up the hill as fast as possible. The blow off valve alone sounds like it could fire a golf ball through a concrete wall, so he has to be running at least 30 psi of boost through this to have that kind of waste coming from the valve.

We definitely suggest taking the time out for this video, but you may want to crank the speakers down a tad, as this one’s pretty loud. The ending is pretty sweet too, as the crew manages to recover the tossed camera, after a dramatic shot of an ant.


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