2012 will be the first year that the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be held on an entirely paved road, and while many who have long been involved with the event are bemoaning the loss of the gravel sections, the full tarmac course has piqued interest in the race. In fact, event organizers are considering adding a second race day for 2013. This time last year only 46 racers has expressed interest in participating in the event, but that number is already up to 170 for next year's race.

"The interest is astronomical compared to last year," says Tom Osborne, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb board chairman. "We're seeing all kinds of unique new cars." Osborne says that the race will likely have to hold a qualifying for 2012 to limit the number of entries into each class.

While you can count us in the group that will miss the gravel, we're duly excited to see what sort of new cars show up to Pikes Peak in the next several years.


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      ToyotaSupraMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, it's simple: having a gravel section meant your vehicle had to be able to get through a gravel section, and I bet most track-day toys, European mountain road hill-climb monsters and whatever vehicles didn't enter last year weren't able to do so (atleast without some modifications). Now that Pikes Peak is just a regular, 100% paved hill-climb, more vehicles are capable of doing it. Also, CAN WE GET AN F1 TO DO IT? PRETTY PLEASE?
        Kris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ToyotaSupraMan
        Well, if some of the monsters from the European Hill Climb Championship enter the race it would be truly awesome and maybe even some of the ex F1 cars from EHCC can try it, but I'm not sure how their naturally aspirated engines would perform in Colorado.
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kris
          Maybe, but they'll need some modifying and maybe different turbochargers to be able to compensate altitude changes IMO. They'll need to put some of the modern boost controllers and set them up properly. I read somewhere that Suzuki's engine is similar to aircraft engine in that department and maintains the same boost from bottom to top.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kris
          mmm how about a turbo-era 80's F1 car? 1.5L, 50+psi, 1000hp, and work well at high altitude.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Spotted Cow
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would go so far as to say the Pikes Peak Hill Climb is the best part about gran turismo 2.