Paul Dallenbach at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb qualifying - Click above to watch video after the jump

Paul Dallenbach and the minds at Banks Power have been so kind as to slide the interwebs a quick taste of what to expect from the team at this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Dallenback took his Banks-powered machine on two qualifying runs up the mountain and strapped a few cameras on board to sample the action. Let's just say that the 1,307-horsepower twin-turbocharged beast moves about as quick as you'd expect.

As you may recall, this brute was delivering just 745 ponies last year. Dallenbach spends some time explaining just how the extra grunt has changed how he drives the machine by pointing out the few areas that allow for full-throttle acceleration.

This racer is one of a handful competing in the wild unlimited class at the hill climb. Rhys Millen and rival Nobuhiro Tajima are also squaring off in the no-holds barred category in an attempt to finally break the 10-minute mark in the sprint up the mountain. This year's going to be a good one. Hit the jump to check out the video.



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      Matt.P
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks and feel like a superpowered go-kart
      • 4 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      JayP
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dallenbach, Millen and Monster- someone will break 10 min... hope they all do!
        Elmo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @JayP
        Do you realize how much awesomeness that is? I mean seriously. All 3 guys are already legends. Rhys, a legend in other sports. But that last name? His dad held the Unlimited Class record before Monster took it away in the original Escudo. You really can't get any better than those 3 guys when it comes to hill climbing. Even the European hill climbers have nothing on these guys. They don't have to deal with almost 10,000ft. dropoffs and giant oaks and red pines. Plus, they don't have to deal with high altitude and bogged down engines at the top.
      EB110Americana
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh man, that's fast! When the dirt section begins, the speed is literally warping the chassis (or at least the body) and the view. The second leg (3:55) start is just wild. I don't think I could keep the pedal down as those trees and the drop off keep coming at me like that! I wish them the best of luck. Hopefully with more videos as that was a blast to watch.
      SPEEDMARK
      • 4 Years Ago
      Paul is certainly an excellent driver and Gale has an amazing history with creating horsepower. It seems to me that both of their talents would be better showcased in a vehicle with all-wheel-drive. Pikes Peak has too many sharp corners to ignore this. I wish them the best with this venture. As others have mentioned, they'll have some serious competition.
      Discerning
      • 4 Years Ago
      Judging from pics of the exhaust, this beast uses a big block or small block Ford. http://assets.bankspower.com/pikespeak/images/pikes_04.jpg
      jkhsns
      • 4 Years Ago
      In the shots to the rear, it looks like a dirt-powered rocket.
      Bandit5317
      • 4 Years Ago
      That transmission whine coupled with those turbos and the engine is glorious.
      ottoingineer
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whew - just let out a breath. Amazing. Glad that there was plenty of footage without voiceover or soundtrack. Blistering pace - so often in the dirt the revs spike because the tires are spinning - a burst of flames from the exhaust - I will be back for the "Race Day" installment!