WHAT IS PIKES PEAK?

CAR (UK) - - Tech -

They call it the Race to the Clouds. It’s a 12.42-mile hill­climb to the sum­mit of one of the high­est moun­tains in the Colorado Rock­ies, named after ex­plorer Ze­bu­lon Pike. The Pikes Peak In­ter­na­tional Hill Climb has been run­ning since 1916 and, un­til the 2012 event, in­volved a mixed sur­face of tar­mac and gravel. Now it’s a fully paved rib­bon of ter­ror up to the „in­ish line at 4302m above sea level. En­trants have to tackle 156 cor­ners, some with sheer drops if you step too far out of line, and 1440m of to­tal in­cline. Sébastien Loeb has held the record for fastest run, 8:13.878, since 2013, while the elec­tric record, set by Rhys Millen, stands at 8:57.118: that’s what VW aims to beat.

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