Dallenbach Racing Team Pike's Peak racer – Click above to watch video after the jump

Last year, at the 2010 Pike's Peak International Hill Climb, our very own Drew Phillips ascended the mountain to chat with some of the race's drivers. The most exciting class is arguably the Unlimited group, which run insanely powerful machines driven by mad men looking to break the elusive 10-minute mark. In 2010, only three men strapped into Unlimited-class racers, and one of them goes by the name of Paul Dallenbach.

Phillips captured the following quote from Dallenbach's mouth:

"My car is good on hard surfaces... but I really need to come back with some factory help on an engine. That's my big thing that's hurting me right now. I'm running the same engines I've had for ten years. They're great engines, and they have great torque, but I really need something that's more reliable."

Well, Dallenbach has a helping hand for the 2011 race. Two of them, in fact, and they've been provided by Banks Power. Banks has teamed up with the Dallenbach Racing Team, and the two are sharing a wealth of turbocharging and engine-tuning knowledge. As a result of the twin-turbocharged shove, power has been pushed from 745-horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque up to 1,307-horsepower and 1,206 pound-feet of torque.

That's a healthy dose of added scoot.

Paul Dallenbach and the Banks Power team now believe they have a record-breaking machine on their hands. Rhys Millen and Nobuhiro Tajima are equally confident in their own machines. Should the weather cooperate, this looks like the year we see a sub-10-minute ascension of Pike's Peak. We will be in Colorado to capture the action, but in the meantime we have video of the Dallench Racing Team car taking a few shakedown runs. Click past the jump to get an idea of how quickly that much power can push a car around.


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      KaiserWilhelm
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well since nowhere does it say what kind of motor its packing in there, I'll go out on a limb and guess its a Big Block Chevy.
        Stuka87
        • 4 Years Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        From the looks of the engine, I would say you are right. Its not a Ford since the distributer is in back, and its not a small block Chevy as can be seen by the header configuration. So its most likely a Big Block Chevy. If I had to guess, its a 502. As thats available in an all aluminum configuration.
          IRONRINGED
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Stuka87
          We need more of this on Autoblog.
          Danaon
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Stuka87
          I'd believe the 1300 HP 1200 TQ coming out of a twin turbocharged chevy big block.
      Carzzz
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just want to see someone get close to the record. nobody has even broke rod millen's celica time from the 90's, except tajiyma and he is too old to get close again. he is a savage, but lets be real. the the dude is old as ****. they can keep feeding him new cars every year, its not gonna happen. ryhs has the best chance; a more sophisticated car, booming hyundai support, and more pavement then his predecessors. if this thing above has a skilled driver and course experience, then maybe it will break 11.
        Jeff Glucker
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carzzz
        It broke 11 last year. Though I agree that Rhys has the best shot to break the record...
          Carzzz
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Jeff Glucker
          oh really? damn. so now it has more HP. now all we need is good weather!
      Allan Chacko James
      • 4 Years Ago
      something about this car is deliciously old school
      Manuel Scettri
      • 4 Years Ago
      While 1300 hp is impresive the aerodynamics on that thing are not. Id say the "Hyundai" has a better chance!
      • 4 Years Ago
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        BipDBo
        • 4 Years Ago
        My first thought was "snowplow."
        EnzoHonda
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was about to make fun of your comment, but then I looked at the pic again and I see it. Paint it red or blue and I can picture Niki Lauda or Jackie Stewart hooning it around the Nuerburgring.
      BipDBo
      • 4 Years Ago
      All function, no form. I love it.
      ragtopoval
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome, I can't wait to see it take the mountain. We're sure to see the 10-minute mark break this year!!
      typhoon5000
      • 4 Years Ago
      F'ing awesome. The N/A Dallenback is in DiRT2 and it hauls a$$ and handles better than any other car in the game on gravel. Doubling the power is going to make it a major weapon going up that mountain.
      ragtopoval
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome!! I can't wait to see this thing run. This year is going to be incredible. I hope to see the 10-minute barrier broken.
      codysay
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's a video of some more practice on Pikes peak dirt sections http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIf_sIwcYOo
      Turbo 4
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im rooting for this guy. Underdog ftw!
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