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Gary Meyer 2018-06-14
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EV owners don't arrive to a charger with a timer counting down.

R electric racecar, it'll have to race against the clock to charge its batteries, so it's taken a unique approach to juicing up.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb regulations state that, in the event of a run being suspended, electric vehicles have just 20 minutes to replenish their batteries before a second attempt.

This required Volkswagen to dig deep into its battery tech, starting with the battery chemistry itself, eventually settling on a lithium-ion battery, which is split and located both next to the driver and behind him.

Instead of using one superpowered charger, Volkswagen instead uses two EV chargers providing 90 kilowatts of charging power.

That's less than you'd find in a single Tesla Supercharger, but there's a good reason for that -- heat.

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Mark Moore 2018-06-21
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The Pikes Peak International Hill climb is going on this weekend and racers from around the world are on the mounting practicing right now.

R Pikes Peak racing car before and it has been doing extremely well so far.

R Pikes Peak has set the fastest time in qualifying.

Note that the VW electric racer didn’t take the top time in the EV class, it took the top time overall.

In fact, the VW racing car was 11.049 seconds faster than the second-place finisher, Simone Faggioli, who was driving a Norma M20 SF PKP racing car with a traditional combustion engine.

VW’s driver is Romain Dumas, a three-time Pikes Peak winner.

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William Franklin 2021-04-12
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You can’t accuse Bentley of being half-hearted: whether it’s switching to electrification, or building a monstrous race car to beast its way through Pikes Peak, the British automaker definitely commits. Submitted by way of evidence is the Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak, not only the company’s 2021 entry to the tough International Hill Climb, but an unexpected opportunity to demonstrate … Continue reading
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Mary Condie 2018-07-06
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VW has released the first full video of its record-breaking Pikes Peak run, showing the Volkswagen I.D.

R Pikes Peak electric racer storming its way up the legendary hill climb.

The record – an impressive 7 minutes 57.148 seconds – was set on June 25, and both VW and EV fans alike had been chomping at the bit to see the International Hill Climb footage in full.

It’s not quite the 4K in-cabin footage that we’ve been hoping for, but it’s certainly sufficient to show just what sort of speeds driver Romain Dumas was achieving on the turn-filled route.

R Pikes Peak bested former record holder Sebastien Loeb’s 2013 run by a whopping 16 seconds.

Not bad at all, when you consider that the automaker only announced it would build a Pikes Peak car 250 days ago.

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Michael Smith 2017-07-31
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Pikes Peak is one of the most challenging hill climbs on the planet, and Tony Quinn's GT-R-powered Ford Focus was up to the task until the brakes failed.

It will be exciting to see him make another bid next year.

Pikes Peak is one of the most challenging hill climbs on the planet, and finishing at the head of the pack requires skill and creativity in equal amounts.

This year, a racer named Tony Quinn traveled all the way from New Zealand and showed up on the starting line with what is unquestionably the meanest-looking Ford Focus we’ve ever seen.

It’s not even a hot-rodded RS; it’s a purpose-built race car that makes the RS look tame and good-natured.

Most of the car was built from scratch by Pace Innovations, which documented the process on its official Facebook page.

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Joseph Averitt 2017-10-19
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Volkswagen is developing an electric race car to take on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, one of the oldest and most legendary races in the United States.

The race car will be a high-profile advertisement for VW’s ongoing electrification efforts.

The car was designed from the ground up to take on Pikes Peak, which has been run since 1916 on the eponymous Colorado mountain.

The 12.4-mile course climbs 4,700 feet, ending at the summit of Pikes Peak, just over 14,000 feet above sea level.

Volkswagen plans to have the car ready for next year’s hill climb, which will be held June 24.

VW won’t divulge much about its new race car yet, but it did say the car has all-wheel drive, and was built to break the overall record for electric cars at Pikes Peak.

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Joseph Wiles 2017-09-26
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Ken block is crazy when it comes to filming his awesome Gymkhana series of videos.

He jumps over all sorts of things and generally hoons all over whatever setting he is involved in.

This time out we don’t get a normal Gymkhana video, this one is called Climbkhana and it’s called that because he is climbing America’s Mountain.

Each year in Colorado Springs, Colorado The Pikes Peak International Hill climb is raced with insane people hurtling up a mountain to see how fast they can do it.

Living in Colorado Springs, I have driven this mountain road many times and all I can say is there isn’t a video out there that really portrays just how narrow and sphincter puckering this road is at the posted speed limit of around 25 mph or less.

Block is clearly breaking a speed limit in his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn.

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James Dixon 2018-03-19
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Here's the all-electric race car Volkswagen will bring to this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

R Pikes Peak, has four-wheel drive, and, well, that's all we know right now.

R racer shows the "sporting potential of the MEB powertrain" -- MEB, of course, is the code name for the company's new electric vehicle architecture.

The current Pikes Peak electric prototype record is 8:57.118, set in 2016 by Rhys Millen.

Volkswagen hopes to crush that this year with its new wacky EV.

name should be somewhat familiar to Volkswagen fans -- all of the company's latest electric concept cars have been bundled in the I.D.

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Ed Furnace 2017-10-19
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The annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of the oldest races in the world, having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016.

For much of its history, the 12.4-mile (19.9km) course was a dirt road that played host to rally-bred machines, but since the route was fully paved over in 2012, slick tires and stiff suspension have become the order of the day.

And the very fastest cars have gotten a lot quieter, too.

That's because it has become a great place to put electric vehicle technology to the test.

Unlike internal combustion engines, EVs don't suffer any drop in power as they climb from 4,750 feet (1,440m) up to the finish above the tree line at 14,100 feet (4,300m).

Now Volkswagen has thrown its hat into the ring with a purpose-built EV racer, which it plans to enter in 2018.

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Julian Dunkelberger 2018-06-26
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Volkswagen smashed the track record at the steep climb Pikes Peak by almost 17 seconds – with the help of an electric car.

Pikes Peak is a 4 300 meters high mountain in Colorado, USA.

Each year anordnads where a competition for cars as well as motorcycles, called the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

the Track is 19,99 km long and involves a climb of 1 440 meters.

the track Record until last week was held by Sébastien Loeb, who in 2013 managed the distance in 8 minutes, 13 seconds and 878 tusendelars second with a custom-built Peugeot 208 T16.

But that record was shattered this year when Romain Dumas, purpose-built Volkswagen I. D.

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Charles Houston 2018-07-20
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Using a highly specialized electric vehicle called the "I.D.

R Pikes Peak," Dumas raced to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado in under eight minutes, shattering the existing records for EVs by a full minute and the overall record (set by Peugeot and Sebastian Loeb in 2013) by a hefty 16 seconds.

Ars was there to see it happen, but truth be told you don't actually see that much of anyone's run at Pikes Peak if you're there in person.

The course is 12.4 miles (19.99km) long, so even if you have a media vest and are free to roam outside the official spectating zones, you still really have to pick a corner and then be content with watching a small slice of each attempt from there.

But one of the marvels of living in the early 21st century is our access to small and rugged digital cameras.

In fact, the organizers of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb are pretty good about putting a GoPro on every car and bike that runs up the mountain in anger, and within a week almost all of these were posted to YouTube.

collect
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Dwight Black 2021-06-29
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Bentley’s extreme-looking continental GT3 Pikes Peak has proven that it has more to offer than just racy styling and an intimidating stance. With former King of the Mountain Rhys Millen behind the wheel, it crossed the finish line at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 6:36.281, enough to finish second place in the Time Attack I Class category. … Continue reading
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Anthony Breedlove 2017-06-08
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For the sixth year in a row, Acura will field vehicles in the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event.

This year, they're bringing some brand new metal to the party.

Acura will field three cars at Pikes Peak this year -- two different TLX sedans, and one NSX performance coupe.

Perhaps the most important car in the race this year is the TLX A-Spec, which is making its racing debut.

Its 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 puts out 500 horsepower, and it features a modified suspension, carbon-fiber aerodynamic bits and a fully stripped interior.

The man in charge of piloting this ship is Nick Robinson, a Pikes Peak veteran who achieved class victory in a 2017 NSX last year.

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Ralph Miller 2018-06-25
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VW had a very impressive run in qualifying for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last week.

That top place run gave VW the best starting time overall, assuming Romain Dumas and his electric I.D.

R Pikes Peak racer could keep it on the road.

Dumas was able to keep the car on the road on race day and absolutely dominated the track and the rest of the field.

The VW electric racing car streaked up the mounting in a total time of 7 minutes 57.148 seconds.

That time was fast enough to set a new overall record as the fastest time in the history of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

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John Murphy 2019-07-03
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The death of four-time Pikes Peak winner Carlin Dunne at the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb came as a shock to everyone, and in the time since, the community of people who participated in and supported the event have come together to help raise money for Dunne's family via a GoFundMe campaign.

The campaign was started by the organizers of the Pikes Peak hill climb as a way to offset the costs of Dunne's memorial service, which is planned for August, and other expenses.

The campaign has a goal of $100,932 -- the latter digits of which signify Dunne's expected finish time this year had he not crashed.

To help celebrate Dunne's memory, Ducati and the Pikes Peak organizers put together two videos that give insight both into the effect he had on his competition and his final day before his crash.

Carlin's passion for racing extended well beyond the mountains of Colorado.

He raced -- and won -- the Baja 500, competed in the Baja 1000, participated in several films including Dust 2 Glory and On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter.

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Eric Billiter 2017-08-02
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Faraday Future took its team -- and its EV prototype -- to Pikes Peak earlier this summer in an attempt to shake the car down and see what improvements could be made.

According to the video Faraday just released, the team actually learned some things along the way.

The whole point of taking the FF 91 prototype to Pikes Peak was to put its production-ready components through some of the harshest driving imaginable.

The thought was that if the car can survive Pikes Peak, it could survive whatever even the most spirited owners can throw at it.

Right after the race concluded, Faraday's principal engineer pointed out that the group found points of improvement in the battery pack relay.

According to this video, the engineers also found a problem with the throttle's software.

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Gary Meyer 2018-06-14
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EV owners don't arrive to a charger with a timer counting down.

R electric racecar, it'll have to race against the clock to charge its batteries, so it's taken a unique approach to juicing up.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb regulations state that, in the event of a run being suspended, electric vehicles have just 20 minutes to replenish their batteries before a second attempt.

This required Volkswagen to dig deep into its battery tech, starting with the battery chemistry itself, eventually settling on a lithium-ion battery, which is split and located both next to the driver and behind him.

Instead of using one superpowered charger, Volkswagen instead uses two EV chargers providing 90 kilowatts of charging power.

That's less than you'd find in a single Tesla Supercharger, but there's a good reason for that -- heat.

William Franklin 2021-04-12
img
You can’t accuse Bentley of being half-hearted: whether it’s switching to electrification, or building a monstrous race car to beast its way through Pikes Peak, the British automaker definitely commits. Submitted by way of evidence is the Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak, not only the company’s 2021 entry to the tough International Hill Climb, but an unexpected opportunity to demonstrate … Continue reading
Michael Smith 2017-07-31
img

Pikes Peak is one of the most challenging hill climbs on the planet, and Tony Quinn's GT-R-powered Ford Focus was up to the task until the brakes failed.

It will be exciting to see him make another bid next year.

Pikes Peak is one of the most challenging hill climbs on the planet, and finishing at the head of the pack requires skill and creativity in equal amounts.

This year, a racer named Tony Quinn traveled all the way from New Zealand and showed up on the starting line with what is unquestionably the meanest-looking Ford Focus we’ve ever seen.

It’s not even a hot-rodded RS; it’s a purpose-built race car that makes the RS look tame and good-natured.

Most of the car was built from scratch by Pace Innovations, which documented the process on its official Facebook page.

Joseph Wiles 2017-09-26
img

Ken block is crazy when it comes to filming his awesome Gymkhana series of videos.

He jumps over all sorts of things and generally hoons all over whatever setting he is involved in.

This time out we don’t get a normal Gymkhana video, this one is called Climbkhana and it’s called that because he is climbing America’s Mountain.

Each year in Colorado Springs, Colorado The Pikes Peak International Hill climb is raced with insane people hurtling up a mountain to see how fast they can do it.

Living in Colorado Springs, I have driven this mountain road many times and all I can say is there isn’t a video out there that really portrays just how narrow and sphincter puckering this road is at the posted speed limit of around 25 mph or less.

Block is clearly breaking a speed limit in his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn.

Ed Furnace 2017-10-19
img

The annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of the oldest races in the world, having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016.

For much of its history, the 12.4-mile (19.9km) course was a dirt road that played host to rally-bred machines, but since the route was fully paved over in 2012, slick tires and stiff suspension have become the order of the day.

And the very fastest cars have gotten a lot quieter, too.

That's because it has become a great place to put electric vehicle technology to the test.

Unlike internal combustion engines, EVs don't suffer any drop in power as they climb from 4,750 feet (1,440m) up to the finish above the tree line at 14,100 feet (4,300m).

Now Volkswagen has thrown its hat into the ring with a purpose-built EV racer, which it plans to enter in 2018.

Charles Houston 2018-07-20
img

Using a highly specialized electric vehicle called the "I.D.

R Pikes Peak," Dumas raced to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado in under eight minutes, shattering the existing records for EVs by a full minute and the overall record (set by Peugeot and Sebastian Loeb in 2013) by a hefty 16 seconds.

Ars was there to see it happen, but truth be told you don't actually see that much of anyone's run at Pikes Peak if you're there in person.

The course is 12.4 miles (19.99km) long, so even if you have a media vest and are free to roam outside the official spectating zones, you still really have to pick a corner and then be content with watching a small slice of each attempt from there.

But one of the marvels of living in the early 21st century is our access to small and rugged digital cameras.

In fact, the organizers of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb are pretty good about putting a GoPro on every car and bike that runs up the mountain in anger, and within a week almost all of these were posted to YouTube.

Anthony Breedlove 2017-06-08
img

For the sixth year in a row, Acura will field vehicles in the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event.

This year, they're bringing some brand new metal to the party.

Acura will field three cars at Pikes Peak this year -- two different TLX sedans, and one NSX performance coupe.

Perhaps the most important car in the race this year is the TLX A-Spec, which is making its racing debut.

Its 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 puts out 500 horsepower, and it features a modified suspension, carbon-fiber aerodynamic bits and a fully stripped interior.

The man in charge of piloting this ship is Nick Robinson, a Pikes Peak veteran who achieved class victory in a 2017 NSX last year.

John Murphy 2019-07-03
img

The death of four-time Pikes Peak winner Carlin Dunne at the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb came as a shock to everyone, and in the time since, the community of people who participated in and supported the event have come together to help raise money for Dunne's family via a GoFundMe campaign.

The campaign was started by the organizers of the Pikes Peak hill climb as a way to offset the costs of Dunne's memorial service, which is planned for August, and other expenses.

The campaign has a goal of $100,932 -- the latter digits of which signify Dunne's expected finish time this year had he not crashed.

To help celebrate Dunne's memory, Ducati and the Pikes Peak organizers put together two videos that give insight both into the effect he had on his competition and his final day before his crash.

Carlin's passion for racing extended well beyond the mountains of Colorado.

He raced -- and won -- the Baja 500, competed in the Baja 1000, participated in several films including Dust 2 Glory and On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter.

Mark Moore 2018-06-21
img

The Pikes Peak International Hill climb is going on this weekend and racers from around the world are on the mounting practicing right now.

R Pikes Peak racing car before and it has been doing extremely well so far.

R Pikes Peak has set the fastest time in qualifying.

Note that the VW electric racer didn’t take the top time in the EV class, it took the top time overall.

In fact, the VW racing car was 11.049 seconds faster than the second-place finisher, Simone Faggioli, who was driving a Norma M20 SF PKP racing car with a traditional combustion engine.

VW’s driver is Romain Dumas, a three-time Pikes Peak winner.

Mary Condie 2018-07-06
img

VW has released the first full video of its record-breaking Pikes Peak run, showing the Volkswagen I.D.

R Pikes Peak electric racer storming its way up the legendary hill climb.

The record – an impressive 7 minutes 57.148 seconds – was set on June 25, and both VW and EV fans alike had been chomping at the bit to see the International Hill Climb footage in full.

It’s not quite the 4K in-cabin footage that we’ve been hoping for, but it’s certainly sufficient to show just what sort of speeds driver Romain Dumas was achieving on the turn-filled route.

R Pikes Peak bested former record holder Sebastien Loeb’s 2013 run by a whopping 16 seconds.

Not bad at all, when you consider that the automaker only announced it would build a Pikes Peak car 250 days ago.

Joseph Averitt 2017-10-19
img

Volkswagen is developing an electric race car to take on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, one of the oldest and most legendary races in the United States.

The race car will be a high-profile advertisement for VW’s ongoing electrification efforts.

The car was designed from the ground up to take on Pikes Peak, which has been run since 1916 on the eponymous Colorado mountain.

The 12.4-mile course climbs 4,700 feet, ending at the summit of Pikes Peak, just over 14,000 feet above sea level.

Volkswagen plans to have the car ready for next year’s hill climb, which will be held June 24.

VW won’t divulge much about its new race car yet, but it did say the car has all-wheel drive, and was built to break the overall record for electric cars at Pikes Peak.

James Dixon 2018-03-19
img

Here's the all-electric race car Volkswagen will bring to this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

R Pikes Peak, has four-wheel drive, and, well, that's all we know right now.

R racer shows the "sporting potential of the MEB powertrain" -- MEB, of course, is the code name for the company's new electric vehicle architecture.

The current Pikes Peak electric prototype record is 8:57.118, set in 2016 by Rhys Millen.

Volkswagen hopes to crush that this year with its new wacky EV.

name should be somewhat familiar to Volkswagen fans -- all of the company's latest electric concept cars have been bundled in the I.D.

Julian Dunkelberger 2018-06-26
img

Volkswagen smashed the track record at the steep climb Pikes Peak by almost 17 seconds – with the help of an electric car.

Pikes Peak is a 4 300 meters high mountain in Colorado, USA.

Each year anordnads where a competition for cars as well as motorcycles, called the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

the Track is 19,99 km long and involves a climb of 1 440 meters.

the track Record until last week was held by Sébastien Loeb, who in 2013 managed the distance in 8 minutes, 13 seconds and 878 tusendelars second with a custom-built Peugeot 208 T16.

But that record was shattered this year when Romain Dumas, purpose-built Volkswagen I. D.

Dwight Black 2021-06-29
img
Bentley’s extreme-looking continental GT3 Pikes Peak has proven that it has more to offer than just racy styling and an intimidating stance. With former King of the Mountain Rhys Millen behind the wheel, it crossed the finish line at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 6:36.281, enough to finish second place in the Time Attack I Class category. … Continue reading
Ralph Miller 2018-06-25
img

VW had a very impressive run in qualifying for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last week.

That top place run gave VW the best starting time overall, assuming Romain Dumas and his electric I.D.

R Pikes Peak racer could keep it on the road.

Dumas was able to keep the car on the road on race day and absolutely dominated the track and the rest of the field.

The VW electric racing car streaked up the mounting in a total time of 7 minutes 57.148 seconds.

That time was fast enough to set a new overall record as the fastest time in the history of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

Eric Billiter 2017-08-02
img

Faraday Future took its team -- and its EV prototype -- to Pikes Peak earlier this summer in an attempt to shake the car down and see what improvements could be made.

According to the video Faraday just released, the team actually learned some things along the way.

The whole point of taking the FF 91 prototype to Pikes Peak was to put its production-ready components through some of the harshest driving imaginable.

The thought was that if the car can survive Pikes Peak, it could survive whatever even the most spirited owners can throw at it.

Right after the race concluded, Faraday's principal engineer pointed out that the group found points of improvement in the battery pack relay.

According to this video, the engineers also found a problem with the throttle's software.