The Truth About Cars » Pikes Peak http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:00:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Pikes Peak http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Digestible Collectible: 1987 Peugeot 205 GTi http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/digestible-collectible-1987-peugeot-205-gti/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/digestible-collectible-1987-peugeot-205-gti/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 14:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1256473 As I wrapped up 2015 last week, I was reminded of my lust for French cars. My look at an inexplicably imported Citroen was the most popular piece I wrote last year, so it’s quite likely there are a few more of you masochists out there. I also love me some hot hatches. The French know […]

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As I wrapped up 2015 last week, I was reminded of my lust for French cars. My look at an inexplicably imported Citroen was the most popular piece I wrote last year, so it’s quite likely there are a few more of you masochists out there. I also love me some hot hatches. The French know […]

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Silent but Violent: Watch Rhys Millen’s All-Electric Run Up Pikes Peak http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/silent-but-violent-watch-rhys-millens-record-run-up-pikes-peak/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/silent-but-violent-watch-rhys-millens-record-run-up-pikes-peak/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1104865 All-around fast driver and New Zealander Rhys Millen had roughly 20 miles of experience behind the wheel of his Latvian-made eO electric race car before Sunday’s race. That apparently didn’t matter as he piloted the first electric car to an overall win at the 93rd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday. Millen’s […]

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All-around fast driver and New Zealander Rhys Millen had roughly 20 miles of experience behind the wheel of his Latvian-made eO electric race car before Sunday’s race. That apparently didn’t matter as he piloted the first electric car to an overall win at the 93rd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday. Millen’s […]

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With Nürburgring Records Dead, Automakers Begin Pikes Peak Chest-Thumping http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/with-nurburgring-records-dead-automakers-begin-pikes-peak-chest-thumping/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/with-nurburgring-records-dead-automakers-begin-pikes-peak-chest-thumping/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:15:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1104737 At the conclusion of this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Mercedes-Benz issued a release claiming a new record: the Mercedes-Benz C250d 4MATIC was the fastest production diesel to ever make it from base camp to summit. Driven by Uwe Nittel, the compression-ignition, tri-star sedan navigated the mountain’s 156 corners in 11 minutes 22 seconds. Since the manufacturer-favorite Nürburgring […]

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At the conclusion of this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Mercedes-Benz issued a release claiming a new record: the Mercedes-Benz C250d 4MATIC was the fastest production diesel to ever make it from base camp to summit. Driven by Uwe Nittel, the compression-ignition, tri-star sedan navigated the mountain’s 156 corners in 11 minutes 22 seconds. Since the manufacturer-favorite Nürburgring […]

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Honda Brings LMP2 Prototype To 2015 Pikes Peak Hill Climb http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/honda-brings-lmp2-prototype-to-2015-pikes-peak-hill-climb/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/honda-brings-lmp2-prototype-to-2015-pikes-peak-hill-climb/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 19:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1096017 Having taken on Daytona and Sebring, Honda will bring its HPD ARX-04b LMP2 prototype to Pikes Peak for the 2015 edition of the historic hill climb. The HPD ARX-04b will be piloted by IndyCar and former F1 driver Justin Wilson, with power to come from a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, AutoGuide reports. The car will also […]

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Having taken on Daytona and Sebring, Honda will bring its HPD ARX-04b LMP2 prototype to Pikes Peak for the 2015 edition of the historic hill climb. The HPD ARX-04b will be piloted by IndyCar and former F1 driver Justin Wilson, with power to come from a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, AutoGuide reports. The car will also […]

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Down From the Mountain: 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/down-from-the-mountain-2013-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/down-from-the-mountain-2013-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:15:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493986 Since I became a Coloradan a few years back, I’ve joined all the other car freaks in the Mountain Time Zone for the annual pilgrimage to the 30th-tallest mountain in the state for the big race. I shared my photos from the year Monster Tajima broke the 10-minute barrier, and from from the year the […]

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Since I became a Coloradan a few years back, I’ve joined all the other car freaks in the Mountain Time Zone for the annual pilgrimage to the 30th-tallest mountain in the state for the big race. I shared my photos from the year Monster Tajima broke the 10-minute barrier, and from from the year the […]

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Sebastian Loeb Shatters Pikes Peak Record, Gives PSA Something To Celebrate http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/sebastian-loeb-shatters-pikes-peak-record-gives-psa-something-to-celebrate/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/sebastian-loeb-shatters-pikes-peak-record-gives-psa-something-to-celebrate/#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 18:18:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493967 It’s been a bad week for PSA, but at least they’ve got something to celebrate about. French driver Sebastian Loeb, behind the wheel of a Peugeot 208 T16, broke the record for the fastest time up Pikes Peak, at 8 minutes, 13.878 seconds, beating the old record by 92.286 seconds. The 208 T16, which bears […]

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It’s been a bad week for PSA, but at least they’ve got something to celebrate about. French driver Sebastian Loeb, behind the wheel of a Peugeot 208 T16, broke the record for the fastest time up Pikes Peak, at 8 minutes, 13.878 seconds, beating the old record by 92.286 seconds. The 208 T16, which bears […]

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Charge! Electric Racers Attack Pikes Peak http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/charge-electric-racers-attack-pikes-peak/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/charge-electric-racers-attack-pikes-peak/#comments Thu, 16 May 2013 13:33:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488659 The annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is quickly turning into a Nurburgring equivalent when it comes to bragging rights of electric vehicle makers. The venue is perfect for EVs:  The track is 12.42 miles long, as cinch even for the most range-challenged EV.  The track finishes at 14,110 ft, a height that deprives ICE-powered […]

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The annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is quickly turning into a Nurburgring equivalent when it comes to bragging rights of electric vehicle makers. The venue is perfect for EVs:  The track is 12.42 miles long, as cinch even for the most range-challenged EV.  The track finishes at 14,110 ft, a height that deprives ICE-powered […]

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Tweak For The Peak: Toyota Returns To The Hill With Updated Electric Racer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/tweak-for-the-peak-toyota-returns-to-the-hill-with-updated-electric-racer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/tweak-for-the-peak-toyota-returns-to-the-hill-with-updated-electric-racer/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 16:38:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487467   Toyota plans to defend its electric title at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a tweaked TMG EV P002. The electric racer is currently on its way to Salisbury, N.C., where TRD USA will perform aerodynamic upgrades to the Radical-based chassis. On June 30, 61-year-old Rod Millen will  attempt a new record […]

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  Toyota plans to defend its electric title at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a tweaked TMG EV P002. The electric racer is currently on its way to Salisbury, N.C., where TRD USA will perform aerodynamic upgrades to the Radical-based chassis. On June 30, 61-year-old Rod Millen will  attempt a new record […]

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Peugeot Does The Climb Dance Once Again http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/peugeot-does-the-climb-dance-once-again/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/peugeot-does-the-climb-dance-once-again/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485089 A quarter of a century ago, Ari Vanaten attacked Pikes Peak in the legendary Peugeot 405 T16, and the resulting footage of the attempt led to the renowned documentary “Climb Dance”.  For 2013, Peugeot will be back at Pikes Peak with the appropriately named 208 T16. Piloting the 208 T16 will be WRC ace Sebastian […]

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A quarter of a century ago, Ari Vanaten attacked Pikes Peak in the legendary Peugeot 405 T16, and the resulting footage of the attempt led to the renowned documentary “Climb Dance”.  For 2013, Peugeot will be back at Pikes Peak with the appropriately named 208 T16. Piloting the 208 T16 will be WRC ace Sebastian […]

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Junkyard Find: 1961 Cadillac Hearse http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/junkyard-find-1961-cadillac-hearse/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/junkyard-find-1961-cadillac-hearse/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=469126 When I went to the Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard to buy a ’41 Plymouth Special Deluxe sedan, for the purposes of some unholy engine swap, I did some digging around through stacks of random doors to try to find a handle to fit a friend’s elderly Ford COE truck. While navigating the high desert cacti between […]

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When I went to the Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard to buy a ’41 Plymouth Special Deluxe sedan, for the purposes of some unholy engine swap, I did some digging around through stacks of random doors to try to find a handle to fit a friend’s elderly Ford COE truck. While navigating the high desert cacti between […]

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Gentlemen, Charge Your Batteries http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/gentlemen-charge-your-batteries/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/gentlemen-charge-your-batteries/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:07:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447902 When we wrote about Mitsubishi’s electric attack on the hill at Pike’s Peak, Toyota did not want to confirm rumors that  WRC rally driver Fumio Nutahara would join the race on Toyota’s behalf in a TMG EV P001, the same that set a new electric lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. They were right. The […]

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When we wrote about Mitsubishi’s electric attack on the hill at Pike’s Peak, Toyota did not want to confirm rumors that  WRC rally driver Fumio Nutahara would join the race on Toyota’s behalf in a TMG EV P001, the same that set a new electric lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. They were right. The […]

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Monster And Mitsubishi Attack Pike’s Peak On Batteries http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/monster-and-mitsubishi-attack-pikes-peak-on-batteries/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/monster-and-mitsubishi-attack-pikes-peak-on-batteries/#comments Fri, 18 May 2012 11:59:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=445022 Once a year, there are people who compete for who gets fastest up a mountain. The mountain is Pike’s Peak, and the occasion is the International Hill Climb. It will happen on July 3-8, as it did every year since 1916, only interrupted by the occasional world war. This year, one of the most interesting […]

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Once a year, there are people who compete for who gets fastest up a mountain. The mountain is Pike’s Peak, and the occasion is the International Hill Climb. It will happen on July 3-8, as it did every year since 1916, only interrupted by the occasional world war. This year, one of the most interesting […]

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Down From The Mountain: Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb Photo Gallery http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-from-the-mountain-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb-photo-gallery/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-from-the-mountain-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb-photo-gallery/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2011 22:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400548 Yesterday was a long, long day on Pike’s Peak. Above 10,000 feet, the Colorado sun bakes the will to live right out of you, while the lack of oxygen starves lungs and engines alike. Constant wrecks and breakdowns shut down the course for long periods, but all these things were just minor irritants, forgotten as […]

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Yesterday was a long, long day on Pike’s Peak. Above 10,000 feet, the Colorado sun bakes the will to live right out of you, while the lack of oxygen starves lungs and engines alike. Constant wrecks and breakdowns shut down the course for long periods, but all these things were just minor irritants, forgotten as […]

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Pike’s Peak: 10-Minute Barrier Broken— Monster Tajima Runs 9:51 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/pikes-peak-10-minute-barrier-broken-monster-tajima-runs-951/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/pikes-peak-10-minute-barrier-broken-monster-tajima-runs-951/#comments Sun, 26 Jun 2011 20:32:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400422 History made on the mountain just a few minutes ago: Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima just ran 9:51 and change in his run to the Pike’s Peak summit. Sayonara, 10-minute barrier! I’m not sure of the exact time, but the crowds on the mountain have been shouting “9:51! WHOOOO!” for a while now. Congratulations, Monster!

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History made on the mountain just a few minutes ago: Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima just ran 9:51 and change in his run to the Pike’s Peak summit. Sayonara, 10-minute barrier! I’m not sure of the exact time, but the crowds on the mountain have been shouting “9:51! WHOOOO!” for a while now. Congratulations, Monster!

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Pike’s Peak: Life Is Good On The Hill http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/pikes-peak-life-is-good-on-the-hill/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/pikes-peak-life-is-good-on-the-hill/#comments Sun, 26 Jun 2011 16:27:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400376 I had to haul my bleary-eyed self out of the sack at 4:00 AM in order to grab this choice vantage point at 11,000 feet, about halfway up the road to the summit, but the sight of this incredible race car just made the sleep deprivation worthwhile. Everything else I see today will just be […]

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I had to haul my bleary-eyed self out of the sack at 4:00 AM in order to grab this choice vantage point at 11,000 feet, about halfway up the road to the summit, but the sight of this incredible race car just made the sleep deprivation worthwhile. Everything else I see today will just be […]

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Pike’s Peak: Crazy Spaniards Fly SEAT León Supercopa To Colorado, Ready To Race http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/pikes-peak-crazy-spaniards-fly-seat-leon-supercopa-to-colorado-ready-to-race/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/pikes-peak-crazy-spaniards-fly-seat-leon-supercopa-to-colorado-ready-to-race/#comments Sat, 25 Jun 2011 02:05:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400086 I’m skipping the Pacific Northworst 24 Hours of LeMons race, so that I can attend this weekend’s Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. I headed over to the mountain earlier today to drive the course, scout out good camera spots, and check out teams wrenching on their cars in motel parking lots. The day started out […]

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I’m skipping the Pacific Northworst 24 Hours of LeMons race, so that I can attend this weekend’s Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. I headed over to the mountain earlier today to drive the course, scout out good camera spots, and check out teams wrenching on their cars in motel parking lots. The day started out […]

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