This Sunday, the 91st running of the Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado in the USA, the legendary route’s most recent record-breaker – the new Range Rover Sport – returns in the guise of official pace car.
A Sport 5,0 V8 Supercharged recently set the fastest time up the formidable 20-km course for a production-standard Sport Utility Vehicle. It broke the long-standing record for any type of production-standard vehicle, covering the 156 corners and ascent from 2 860 m to 4 300 in 2 minutes 35,61 seconds, averaging 95,23 km/h. The vehicle was stock standard, except for safety-mandated rollcage and harness seatbelts. Pikes Peak specialist Paul Dallenbach was at the wheel.
The Sport is a more road-oriented version of the flagship Range Rover.
This year, the Race To The Clouds – officially known as the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – has drawn 157 competitors from 16 countries, including World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb in a specially built Peugeot. There are 70 cars and 87 motorcycles in all, with drivers and riders from 16 nations. Past winners of the event, the USA’s second-oldest motorsport event, have included American legends such as Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Rick Mears, and Al Unser and top international rally drivers Michele Mouton, Ari Vatanen, Per Eklund and Stig Blomqvist.
View a video of the Range Rover record here.