On 24 June this year, the Pikes Peak International Climb was stopped early due to zero visibility and a massive hail storm which hit the whole course.
However, that did not stop Volkswagen from making motorsports history at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The 671 horsepower, fully-electric I.D. R Pikes Peak, driven by Romain Dumas, outran cars powered by conventional drivetrain technology and, with a time of 7:57.148 minutes, not only smashed the previous electric car record, but bested the all-time record set in 2013 by Sébastien Loeb.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was held at the Pikes Peak hill in Colorado, which is the highest summit in the Southern front of the Rocky Mountains. It is also the second oldest annual motorsports race in the United States.
Rhys Millen set a new Pikes Peak SUV record time of 10:49.902 in the 2018 Bentley Bentayga, equipped with Pirelli P Zero road tires.
And as a leader in motorsports on both two and four wheels, Pirelli was present at this year’s event over the weekend, achieving success in both two- and four-wheeled categories in the unique race
Pirelli to present its completely renovated Pirelli Hillclimb rubber range. It includes a wet tire, a Cinturato, and three slick tires: Ultrasoft, Supersoft and Soft. And this really was the ultimate combination used by drivers utilizing Pirelli to take home their respective successes at Pikes Peak.
“The biggest challenge tires face is from the vast temperature changes participants experience during the course of the race at different elevations. At the start of the race, the average temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit, while at the top of the hillclimb it can be 32 degrees Fahrenheit or it can snow at the highest point (14,110 feet), like it did for the race on Sunday. Another difficulty comes from the bumpy asphalt, in part due to the tracks created from clearing the snow which can ruin it.”
“Therefore it is necessary to develop a tire which guarantees grip both in high temperatures at the start and in lower temperatures as the drivers ascend the hill; as well as maximum driveability on uneven asphalt. And, considering the new records and success this year, this is exactly what Pirelli tires have done,” said Terenzio Testoni, Pirelli Off road Activity Manager.
Legendary Ducati racer Carlin Dunne has led the 2018 Spider Grips Ducati Pikes Peak team to victory and reclaimed the crown as King of the Mountain during this year’s annual running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC). Dunne completed today’s “Race to the Clouds” in 9:59:102.
This is Ducati’s seventh victory on the mountain since the company’s debut in 2008. Ducati and Dunne held the all-time course record from 2012 until 2017, a year in which Ducati was not part of the official race competition.
This year, Dunne secured the win on the new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak model. The new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak showcases the versatility of a new, larger displacement 1262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine delivering 18% more torque in the mid-range. The bike is also paired with a redesigned chassis for increased stability.
The event attracted viewers from over 40 states and 23 countries on Race Day. The next Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be held on 30 June 2019.