Randy Pobst Talks About His Experience At Pikes Peak: Video
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been a staple motorsport events for nearly a century now. It’s a challenging, twisting, two-lane test of man and machine that demands nothing less than the absolute best. This annual “Race to Clouds” has seen its fair share of casualties, including the recent passing of motorcyclist Carl Sorensen. All told, even with extensive experience, the best possible preparation and ideal conditions, America’s Mountain is still capable of thwarting any effort at conquering its summit. It’s a lesson that professional racer and Motor Trend test driver Randy Pobst learned firsthand this June, and it’s all documented in this fascinating 20-minute video.
The video begins three months before race day, with Pobst narrating the lead-up to his return to Colorado. Presented with a fleet of high-end sports cars to choose from, Pobst ended up going with Godzilla: the Nissan GT-R. The reason? “Driver confidence!” Pobst declares.
What he’s handed is a 700-horsepower race-prepped beast that simply won’t cooperate. Parts break, the handling is fussy, and Pobst loses some of his confidence. Development is thrown into overdrive, and the pressure is on to make the GT-R ready.
On go the wrenches and the testing is non-stop. Parts are swapped, settings are tweaked, and Pobst grapples with the realities of what it means to put the spurs to his new ride.
Finally, the GT-R feels ready for Pikes Peak. But the real battle begins when Pobst begins his ill-fated ascent.