TWIN PEAKS - THE CHALLENGE
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the Queenstown Gold Rush are two of the worlds most awesome, high speed, off road motorsport events known.
Mach 2 Racing along with former World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist have laid down the challenge to international teams and drivers competing in the 1999 Queenstown Gold Rush and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to win both events outright. Mach 2 R acing have teamed up with Graham Hathaway Racing to build what they believe to be the fastest RS200 ever built with the sole purpose of winning both these events. They are presently testing their 850bhp car in the UK and feel extremely confident that with Stig behind the wheel they will strip Rod Millen (Toyota) and Nobuhiro Tajima (Suzuki) of their titles.
Queenstown and Pikes Peak offer the ultimate high speed off road tests known. The Unlimited Class vehicles have been built at great expense just for these two extreme races. They accelerate as fast as F1 cars on gravel up hill reaching up to 130 mph on 1/4 mile straights
The Queenstown Gold Rush (New Zealand) - 4th April 1999
Though a recent addition to the international motorsport calender the Queenstown Gold Rush is attracting drivers and teams of international repute. The media coverage is fantastic and is growing with the events popularity. It is New Zealand's answer to Pikes Peak and it is hoped that the development of the event will grow into an international series of monster off road races. The race is set in the beautiful mountains around Queenstown. Starting at 1,500 ft the road zig-zags its way up to 5,000 feet above sea level for 13.5 kilometres . The road surface is fairly smooth, fine gravel at the start turning very rough near the summit. There is a large variety of corners from very fast, open sweeping bends to hairpins. With major sponsors including Silverstone Tyres and Quantas the Queenstown Gold Rush has a promising future as one of the all time great off road events for drivers and spectators. We aim to win the event and break to course record of 8 minutes and 13 seconds held by Nobuhiro Tajima (Suzuki).
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (USA) - 4th July 1999
Each year there is a single, unique event in the US motor sport calendar that grips the country. This is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - run in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. There has been a hill climb at Pikes Peak almost every y ear since 1915 and it's become part of the American way of life attracting hundreds of competitors ranging from private entrants to fully-fledged factory teams. As with most things in the United States the scale of the Pikes Peak hill climb is difficult to comprehend - it is awesome.The cars speed around 126 corners during the climb from 9,000 ft to the 14,000 foot summit. From 1994 to date the event has been dominated by Japanese car manufacturers, Toyota and Suzuki. The current record is held by Rod Millen (Toyota) at 10 minutes and 4 seconds. We aim is to break the elusive ten minute barrier, smash the course record, and win the event outright. A challenge indeed.
Though the project has been embryonic for some time the development and building of the car and engine has been extremely quick in comparison to that of the major manufactures. This is where small teams and privateer groups have the advantage to develop projects and build specialist one off machines at a much greater speed. Why an RS200? Everyone in motorsport knows what these cars are capable of and this one is possibly the ultimate off road racer. Our RS200 has been rebuilt from scratch using today