Porsche of Colorado Springs Prepares for 2019 Pikes Peak Hill Climb
Porsche of Colorado Springs is gearing up to participate in the 97th running of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 30, 2019. Read on to learn more about the upcoming 2019 hill climb and for a recap of what you missed in the 2018 event.
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Also referred to as the “Race to the Clouds,” the hill climb is an invitational automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pike’s Peak, the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The 12.42-mile stretch of road boasts 156 turns and climbs 4,720 ft., starting at an altitude of 9,390 ft. and reaching 14,115 ft. at the peak. The intense altitude change poses a unique challenge to competitors, as the thin air slows reflexes and robs internal combustion engines of up to 30% power. The esteemed event holds rank as America’s second-oldest auto race and takes place right on our home turf just outside of Colorado Springs. Year after year, our staff at Porsche of Colorado Springs works to prepare top-condition vehicles to meet the challenge.
2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Recap
For the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, motorsport legend Travis Pastrana drove for Porsche of Colorado Springs in the newly formed Porsche GT4 class. To make for a level playing field, each 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport was prepared to a specification. Despite not having raced at Pikes Peak in over a decade, Pastrana finished first in the class with a 10:33.897 timed run.
For the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, David Donohue entered the Run to the Clouds for his second time, competing in a Porsche 911 GT3 R race car prepared here at Porsche of Colorado Springs.
In his very first run to the peak in 2017, Donohue drove for Porsche of Colorado Springs with a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S modified with parts from the 911 GT3 R, the 911 GT America and the 911 GT3 Cup. The model was affectionately nicknamed “911 Turbo S GT3 R America Cup.” Donohue finished second in Time Attack 1 with a time of 9:49.954.
Sporting more advanced aero and a more serious set of racing tires in the 2018 event, Donohue set a new Time Attack 1 record with a 9:37.152 timed run, scoring a class win and fifth overall behind the open and unlimited classes.