The 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is set to take place Sunday, June 29th. We all know what that means. Some of the nuttiest performance-tuned sports cars will be making an appearance at the event, all with the goal of being the fastest to race up the treacherous 156-turn race course.
The Scion FR-S is one of those sports cars . Actually, it’s the second year in a row that the FR-S will compete at Pikes Peak, specifically in the event’s Time Attack 1 Division for production-based two- and four-wheel drive vehicles. This year, GReddy Racing is back with its Pikes Peak-tuned FR-S and it will have veteran racer Ken Gushi sitting behind the wheel of the race car . Gushi is no stranger to the twists and turns of Pikes Peak, having won the Exhibition Auto Class at last year’s event with the Lexus ISF CCS-R .
This year, Gushi takes his turn in a wonderfully dressed Scion FR-S that has been retuned to produce a staggering 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. That’s the kind of upgrade we wish a production FR-S could have, but that’s a different issue altogether. For now we have to live with its standard 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.
What’s important is how this GReddy-tuned FR-S fares at Pikes Peak this weekend. With 500 ponies on tap, we expect nothing less than a blistering time up the mountain.
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The Lexus IS-F CCS-R isn’t really a direct competitor to the GReddy Racing FR-S as it is a benchmark of success for Ken Gushi. Like we said, Gushi drove the IS-F CCS-R to the Exhibition Auto Class title at last year’s Pikes Peak event. So there are expectations the driver has to live up to this year. With him driving the GReddy Racing FR-S, a lot of people will have their eye on whether Tushi can replicate the success he experienced with the IS-F CCS-R last year.
As far as a race between the two cars are concerned, that’s a duel we’d pay good money to see. The FR-S has a decided output advantage, as the IS-F CCS-R only has 416 horsepower on tap. But we’re banking on a close race between the two, maybe even one that goes down to the wire.
Gallery Lexus IS-F CCS-R Race Car
Veteran racer Ken Gushi knows the Scion FR-S. He also knows the demanding 156-turn race course that climbs Pikes Peak. Gushi will bring his experiences together driving the GReddy Racing Scion FR-S in the 92nd annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 29.
Best known as a top drifting competitor, Gushi won the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Exhibition Auto Class driving a Lexus ISF CCS-R. This year he’ll drive a 2013 FR-S in the Time Attack 1 Division for production-based two- and four-wheel drive vehicles. This is the second appearance of the FR-S at the event.
“No race on earth is quite like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and I can’t wait to conquer it in a car I love: the Scion FR-S,” Gushi said. “Every turn of this course requires the best performance out of the driver and vehicle, and racing fans will love what they see.”
The 12.42-mile race in the Colorado Rocky Mountains finishes at the 14,115-foot summit, where drivers and vehicles contend with thin air and high winds. To prepare for the course, the GReddy Racing team has retuned the suspension of the FR-S race car and added new performance and safety components. As modified, the engine produces 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.
“The highly competitive Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will showcase Ken Gushi’s renowned racing skills and the enhanced performance capabilities of the FR-S,” said Landy Joe, Scion auto shows and special events manager. “Scion Racing is thrilled to compete in this iconic event again this year and let our fans experience a ‘Race to the Clouds’ with the FR-S.”