• Jul 15, 2009
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It took 13 years for Rod Millen's 1994 Pikes Peak run to be toppled by Nobuhiro Tajima in 2007. And when Tajima set a new record of 10:01.408 in the Suzuki XL7 Hill Climb Special, there were doubts that time could ever be eclipsed. This weekend, those doubts could be put to rest by Mach 2 Racing and its specially-prepared Ford RS200.

Partnering with Avon Tires, the Essex-based motorsports firm has created the ultimate rally-bred Ford, packing a new turbo that boosts output to 950 hp, and then, for good measure, includes a 70-liter nitrous oxide tank to deliver another 200 hp for a total of 1,150 hp.

Manning the helm is ex-British Rallycross Champion, Mark Rennison, who maintains that the Pikes Peak-prepped RS200 could break the ten-minute mark over the 12-mile, 156-turn course. "If everything on the day goes right and the weather conditions are good beating the 10-minute barrier shouldn't be a problem," Rennison says in the release (after the jump), "But strange things happen at Pikes Peak, it's a unique event." To say the least. Expect the RS200's performance and the rest of the competitor's to be reported on over the weekend.




PRESS RELEASE

Avon Tyres aiming for record run on Pikes Peak hill climb

Avon Tyres is aiming to be the first tyre manufacturer to beat the 10-minute barrier at the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event on July 19.

Essex-based team, Mach 2 Racing, is entering the famous race up the Pikes Peak mountain in Colorado Springs, USA, with a 1,150bhp Ford RS200 driven by double ex-British Rallycross Champion, Mark Rennison.

The 12-mile Pikes Peak course starts at 9,440 feet and ends at an altitude of 14,110 feet. Its 156 turns, mixture of asphalt and gravel surfaces and the sheer drops of up to 6,000 feet make it one of the toughest challenges in motorsport.

But Rennison and car owner, pharmaceutical businessman Alan Greenwood, believe they have the car, and the tyres, to complete the course in under 10 minutes, a feat that has never been achieved.

The Mach 2 Racing RS200 has been developed specifically for the Pikes Peak event. Its Garrett turbo and high-octane fuel deliver 950bhp, but 70 litres of Nitrous Oxide gas boosts the power output to a mind-numbing 1,150bhp.

Rennison raced on Avon's acclaimed rallycross tyres when he won the British Rallycross Championship (BRC) in 1987 and '88 and said there was no contest as to his choice of rubber for such a gruelling event.

"When I first tested the car, it was on different tyres but the team had some Avon rallycross tyres so I tried them and they transformed the car," he explained. "We tested the tyres at Millbrook on harsh concrete and they stood up extremely well, so I am sure they will be well-suited to the Pikes Peak course.

"If everything on the day goes right and the weather conditions are good beating the 10-minute barrier shouldn't be a problem. But strange things happen at Pikes Peak, it's a unique event."

Practice on different sections of the hillclimb will be between July 15-17, with each competitor getting a single timed run up the full course on Sunday, July 19.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Pikes Peak was already getting interesting this year now this!!!! Woooohoooooooo! I've always loved the RS200, hope he can do it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      23 years ago, I got to ride with Rod Millen in his RX-7 4WD on a run at an oil field road In Taft, CA (outside Bakersfield) that he used for testing.

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimculp/2147470187/

      It's crazy watching a world-class driver up close with his race face on. Even crazier watching the world (either the road wall or the empty space dropping off the cliff) go by sideways in the windshield.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems kind of ridiculous to have over 1000hp, but at the altitude they're at it's pretty much cut in half because the engine is getting about half the oxygen it usually is getting for combustion.

      I personally don't think they can beat 10 minutes unless they have a Finn drive it....you need a whole lot of "sisu" to get under 10.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good thing about turbos is you can keep cramming in air, no matter how thin it is. Altitude, schmaltitude.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This year should be really good. Hopefully the weather holds up as well as it did last year. Weather was bad for drivers, but boy can it get nasty at devil's playground. Can't wait!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The weather was crap last year. The previous year was almost perfect. If it is too dry the gravel surfaces are extremely slippery, but if there is a slight bit of moisture in the dirt it becomes quite grippy, although with the increasing amount of asphalt on the course moisture becomes risky.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Come on guys... why make a link to that Suzuki thing on your site if you have no tags that you're actually linking to? At least give me a Google link or something if you don't have anything.

      http://www.autoblog.com/tag/SuzukiXL7HillClimbSpecial/

      "No posts with tag SuzukiXL7HillClimbSpecial found!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      For a peek of how it looks like out there, here's the famous Pikes Peak short movie of Ari Vatanen's climb.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPUpN8JZe2M
      • 5 Years Ago
      does 70bs mean that the car will be 70 lbs lighter at the end of the run? or that it is filled to 70psi?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dang! im need one of those wings for my civic! ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm, my friend sent me a picture from his cell last night of a Pikes Peak prepped Ford Fiesta that he saw at Phil Long Ford yesterday.

      Seeing that Phil Long is sponsoring this car(sticker on the hood), I might have to swing by there tonight and see if they have this beauty there on display as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is already in my book as one of Ford's best, hope it beats the record.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not as cool looking as the XL7 or Escudo. Plus the road is paved now and they still only beat Millen by 4secs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't see this option on Ford's website.

      Why?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry to lol at others' expense, but lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        In other news, Yaroukh wins comment of the day, "Missing the Point" edition.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because it would be expensive as hell? Because people like to cry about how even only 45k for anything from Ford is way too much?
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