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 PorscheGT3 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.
RK Motors Charlotte is becoming rather famous for their “Pro Touring” lineup of vehicles. The latest rendition we came across was the 1970 Plymouth Hemi `Cuda, which was featured at SEMA in 2008.
For those that aren’t familiar with RKM’s “Pro Touring” cars, we’ll let you in on the secret. RKM takes a decent looking muscle car – so far we’ve seen a 1967 Sting Ray Corvette and a 1955 Ford Thunderbird – completely guts it, then restores it with mild modernization. So far, RKM has really impressed us with its perfect mixture of classic muscle with modern technology.
Some of the modern touches we have seen included are an LCD touch screen stereo and navigation system on the `55 T-bird, and an LS2 V-8 in the `67 Sting Ray, all while retaining the vehicle’s original character. This specimen appears to be much of the same perfection on the surface, but what does it look like as we pull back the layers?
Click past the jump to find out if the 1970 Plymouth Hemi `Cuda Pro Touring matches the blueprints of the two before it.
The Barracuda is a two-door car that was manufactured by the Plymouth division of Chrysler from 1964-1974. In 1971, the car was already in its third generation and was offered with three different V8 engine options with power going up to 335 HP. During that time, this amount of power was appropriate, but modern times call for the faster and more powerful. So what do you do with a beloved old school design when the output needs a walker to get through the day? You take your vision to Time Machines in Hudson, Florida where they will turn your dream into an insane reality, like transforming the Barracuda into a 450 HP V10 powered maniac.
At first glance, the product of Time Machines’ hard work looks like a standard Plymouth Barracuda, but under the hood is a Dodge Viper’s V10 engine surrounded by a chassis from a 2001 Dodge Viper. Yes, Time Machines took two very different vehicles and combined them into a melting pot of sheer awesomeness.
Usually when we hear about a car sold for million of dollars we automatically think about a classic Ferrari. But in this case we are talking about a totally different car, a car that during its time it made no impression. But now, after more than 40 years the real value of the car has been finally recognized.
Of course this is not an ordinary Plymouth Hemi Cuda, don’t worry not all of them will be sold for $3,200,000. But this car in particular is very special. It was finished on August 1st, 1969 and was the first E-body produced. It also was the prototype the company used to promote the Cuda on the US market. So, with that amount of money you will buy a piece of history.
Hemi Cuda was built only until 1971 in both coupe and convertible version. The engine is the Hemi Cuda developed a total of 450 HP and nearly 500 lb-ft of torque and was offered with a choice of four-speed manual or three-speed Torqueflite automatic transmissions.
The original pony car may soon be rising out of the ever-diminishing muscle car ashes to instill fear in the hearts of the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, and Chevrolet Camaro while also scrounging up some of their growing profit. Chrysler has just registered the word "Cuda" as a trademark under "passenger vehicles, their structural parts, trim and badges", leading all of us to believe that the rumors that have been filtering their way into our hopeful ears will soon come to fruition. Soon, we may just have our Cuda back.
It may not be a sure thing as of yet, since Bill Cawthon has already stated that Chrysler may be registering the name to prohibit others from using it, but we see no reason why Chrysler would not want to resurrect a model that will surely mix up the muscle car competition.
Some fear that, if the Cuda comes back, it will be a Charger replica while others say that the move by Chrysler may simply be to produce a limited run of the vehicle. Either way, we would love to get the chance to ride around in a brand new Cuda. Miami Vice was given a second chance, why can’t the Cuda?
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Its the ultimate battle between an Italian thoroughbred and an American powerhouse.
On one corner, you have the Ferrari Enzo and on the other corner is the LMC Super Cuda. There are no lightweights here gentlemen.
Ok, it wasn’t so much a race between the two as it was a demonstration as to just how fast and powerful these two bad boys are. In the quick instance where they did put the pedal to the metal, the Super Cuda easily pulled away from the Enzo before a technical malfunction which came as a result of going too fast - forced the Super Cuda to a grounding halt.
As soon as it was fixed, the two then decided to see which car could post the higher topspeed and this time, the Enzo outgunned the the Super Cuda 218 to 208 mph.
Barracuda was a two-door coupe/convertible sports car manufactured by the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1964 through 1974. Now, after more than 30 years, Chrysler intends to bring this muscle car back into production.
The new Barracuda will be based on the upcoming Dodge Challenger. Some of the features of the original model would carry over such as the signature ’72 six-aperture grille, shaker hood and low driving lights.
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Plymouth Baracuda was a two-door compact/midsize car manufactured by the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1964 through 1974. The 1970 Hemi Cuda is now one of the most sought-after Classic Muscle Cars. Hemi ’Cuda production was limited: 652 coupes were built in 1970, dropping to just 108 in 1971. Convertible production numbers approach those of some classic European sports cars, with 14 droptop Hemi ’Cudas built in 1970 and only seven in 1971.
When it comes to a segment of the automotive aftermarket as broad and rich as street machines (which potentially covers any modified post-WWII vehicle), the use of hyperbole such as "best ever" usually results in groans of disbelief and rolled eyes. In the case of Bob Johnson’s 1971 Plymouth Cuda, however, Popular Hot Rodding Magazine believes that the term may actually apply.
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The Plymouth Barracuda was the first pony car, debuting two weeks before the Ford Mustang. It was quickly eclipsed by the Mustang and the Camaro/Firebird due, but would make a name for itself in 1970 when it was available with an engine its competition could only dream of, the Hemi.