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Wild Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak packs over 750bhp

Bentley is preparing to run a Continental GT3 in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the goal to set a new record in the Time Attack 1 class.

Champion Racing unveils Pikes Peak hillclimb Porsche

The Le Mans 24 Hours-winning Champion Racing team has unveiled the car with which it will end a 12-season absence from competition in next month's Pikes Peak hillclimb.

Pikes Peak bans motorbikes from taking part in 2020 hillclimb

Organisers of the world-famous Pikes Peak International Hillclimb have ruled that next year’s event will not include motorbikes while “analysis for long-term viability is conducted”.

Electric VW breaks Heidfeld’s 20-year old Goodwood record

The Volkswagen ID.R electric prototype has broken the 20-year-old record set by a McLaren Formula 1 car for the fastest run up the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb.

Volkswagen guns for outright Goodwood record with electric ID.R

Volkswagen aims to break the 20-year-old Formula 1-established overall Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb record with its updated ID.R electric prototype, says its motorsport boss Sven Smeets.


Motorbike racer Carlin Dunne killed in Pikes Peak Hillclimb crash

Four-time Pikes Peak Hillclimb motorbike class winner Carlin Dunne was killed in Sunday’s 97th edition of the race. He was 36.

Dunlop confirmed for S100, misses Pikes Peak after rally injury

Multiple Isle of Man TT winner Michael Dunlop will return to the Isle of Man’s Southern 100 races in a fortnight's time, despite suffering a “serious” injury in a Rally Donegal crash that will mean he misses this weekend’s Pikes Peak Hillclimb in the USA.

VW’s electric Pikes Peak star to take on ‘Road to Heaven’

The all-electric Volkswagen ID. R will take on a new challenge in September when Romain Dumas, who last year smashed the outright record at Pikes Peak, will drive Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road in China, known locally as the ‘Road to Heaven’.

Top Stories of 2018, #20: Electric VW shatters Pikes Peak record

Motorsport.com begins its annual countdown of the biggest stories in racing with a look back to a milestone achieved at one of America’s oldest events.

Volkswagen I.D. R won't return to Pikes Peak

Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets has confirmed the Pikes Peak record-smashing I.D. R could be developed for new projects next season – but the car won't be going back to Colorado to defend its title.

The next peak for Volkswagen to conquer Prime

The next peak for Volkswagen to conquer

Volkswagen returned to motorsport and smashed the Pikes Peak record. The manufacturer has proved it can develop exciting electric car technology, which it could bring to further prominence in another series in 2020.

VW I.D. R smashes Goodwood electric hillclimb record

Volkswagen’s all-electric I.D. R has smashed the official Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb record for EVs, beating the existing time by 3.5 seconds.

Pruett escapes Lexus fire at Goodwood

Sportscar racing veteran Scott Pruett escaped unharmed from a fire at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Friday that engulfed his Lexus RCF GT3.

Porsche declined shot at McLaren's Goodwood record

Porsche turned down the chance to go for the Goodwood hillclimb record behind closed doors with its 919 Hybrid Evo prior to this weekend's Festival of Speed.

Volkswagen targets Goodwood record with Pikes Peak car

Volkswagen has entered the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb with its all-electric I.D. R that smashed Sebastien Loeb’s outright Pikes Peak record last month.

The electrifying story of VW's Pikes Peak assault

After departing the WRC at the end of 2016, Volkswagen concentrated on customer racing projects. Last Sunday it made a record-breaking return to factory competition - but that wasn't its first aim at Pikes Peak.

Electric VW could go 10s faster at Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak record holder Romain Dumas believes he could lower his new benchmark by a further 10 seconds if Volkswagen returns to the hillclimb with its electric I.D. R.

Dumas shatters Pikes Peak record in electric VW

Volkswagen’s electric I.D. R has smashed Sebastien Loeb’s Pikes Peak International Hillclimb record – with Romain Dumas becoming the first driver to make the 12.42-mile course in under eight minutes.

Dumas: One-shot challenge of Pikes Peak “harder” than Le Mans

Volkswagen’s Romain Dumas says the challenge of Pikes Peak Hillclimb eclipses every other event he’s contested – including the 24-hour races at Le Mans, Spa and the Nurburgring.

Dumas sets Pikes Peak qualifying pace in electric VW

Romain Dumas and the brand new, all-electric Volkswagen I.D. R set the fastest time in qualifying on Wednesday, ahead of the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Explained: Volkswagen's all-electric Pikes Peak challenge 

This weekend Volkswagen becomes the latest major motorsport name to tackle the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, but it's doing so with an electric car.

Dumas: Electric VW the best car I've driven at Pikes Peak

Triple Pikes Peak winner Romain Dumas says his 2018 entry – Volkswagen’s I.D. R – is the best car he’s ever driven up the Colorado mountain.

VW reveals electric-powered Pikes Peak contender

Volkswagen has revealed the I.D. R, its challenger for a record-breaking run up this year’s Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.

Volkswagen releases first images of electric Pikes Peak car

Volkswagen has released the first images of its new all-electric racing car, the German firm's challenger for this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Dumas chosen for Volkswagen's electric Pikes Peak project

Volkswagen has picked two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and factory Porsche GT driver Romain Dumas as the driver for its Pikes Peak electric car project.

Electric Pikes Peak car key to Volkswagen's motorsport future

Volkswagen's electric Pikes Peak car is key to its motorsport future, and could lead to a full factory return to competition in the World Rallycross Championship's planned electric class.

Volkswagen targets Pikes Peak record with all-new electric car

Volkswagen Motorsport has taken aim at the Pikes Peak record for an electric vehicle and will climb the Colorado mountain with an all-new race car in June next year.

Ken Block takes latest Gymkhana video to Pikes Peak

Viral video rallycross star Ken Block has revealed his latest Gymkhana video, featuring one of America’s most familiar motorsport venues in the Pikes Peak Hillclimb.

Driver killed in Swiss hillclimb crash

Swiss hillclimb driver Martin Wittwer has been killed in a crash at the Bergrennen Oberhallau.

British Hillclimb stars celebrate 70th birthday of championship

British Hillclimb champions spanning four decades joined a celebration of 70 years of the British Hillclimb Championship at Shelsley Walsh last weekend.

Swiss hillclimb organisers fined over fiery Hammond crash

Organisers of the Swiss hillclimb in which TV presenter Richard Hammond suffered a huge crash have been fined just over $5000 by its national sporting authority.

Subaru driver Travis Pastrana smashes Mt. Washington Hillclimb record

Pastrana sped to the summit of the sinuous 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road in an amazing 5 minutes 44.72 seconds, over 24 seconds faster than the previous record

LoveFab Race Team and the Enviate Hypercar finish 2nd in class at Pikes Peak

Paul Gerrard finished 2nd in the Unlimited Class in Sunday’s 95th Running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Romain Dumas claimed third Pikes Peak overall win

For nearly a year, Romain Dumas, Norma and RD Limited were focused on take another win

Loeb gets awesome Pikes Peak Peugeot 208T16 to race again

Sebastien Loeb has taken ownership of the Peugeot 208T16 he used to break the Pikes Peak hillclimb record in 2013 and will use it in France later this season.

FIA requests data over Hammond hillclimb crash

Motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, has requested an explanation from the Swiss federation over the circumstances of TV star Richard Hammond’s high-profile crash during the Hemberg Bergrennen event on Saturday.

Hammond crash happened after hillclimb’s finish line

Former Top Gear star Richard Hammond’s massive accident at a hillclimb venue in Switzerland occurred after the finish line of the competitive section of road.

Acura NSX Supercar claims class victory in North American racing debut at Pikes Peak

NSX-inspired Acura 4-Motor EV Concept finishes second in the Electric Modified Class

Le Mans winner Dumas conquers Pikes Peak hillclimb again

Just a week after he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for a second time, France’s Romain Dumas also claimed his second win in the famous Pikes Peak hillclimb on its 100th anniversary running.

Romain Dumas historic two-time winner at Pikes Peak !

Driving the Norma M20 RD Limited Spec-2016 entered by his own team, the Alès, France driver finish ahead of defending winner Rhys Millen and his electric prototype.

Romain Dumas ready for battle at Pikes Peak

Author of the fastest time in qualifying on the legendary Pikes Peak road in the Norma M20 RD Limited Spec-2016, Romain Dumas finished the week’s worth practices on Friday.

Romain Dumas refines settings for Pikes Peak

The French driver continued to work on the Norma M20 RD Limited Spec-2016 settings on the middle section of the mountain road.

Romain Dumas on provisional pole at Pikes Peak !

France native driver holds provisional pole for the famous Race to the Clouds, which is celebrating its 100th year.

2017 Acura NSX Supercar to make North American debut at Pikes Peak

Two Acura NSX supercars and a new NSX-inspired, all-electric 4-motor SH-AWD Concept will compete in the 100th anniversary of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Romain Dumas and the Norma M20 RD Limited, a bold challenge!

The Norma M20 RD Limited is now equipped with a four-wheel system, the 2016 spec is an all-new car lighter and more powerful.

A Motorcyclist dies at Pikes Peak Hillclimb for second year in a row

Carl Sorensen's Kawasaki left the road near the 14,115-foot summit.

Cancelled Race to the Sky hillclimb "held to ransom" by landowners

Organiser Tony Quinn has cancelled the 2016 running of the Race to the Sky cillclimb in New Zealand.

Honda to Pikes Peak with HPD ARX-04b LMP2 and IndyCar veteran

Justin Wilson will pilot Honda's LMP2 car in the famous Hill Climb.

McRae takes Race to the Sky win

Alister McRae took a popular win in the re-born New Zealand hillclimb in the very car that the late Possum Bourne drove to victory at the same event in 2001.

Monster Tajima to tackle Race to the Sky with 670 horsepower GT86

Nobuhiro 'Monster' Tajima will race his 670 horsepower Super 86 hillclimb car at the re-born Repco Race to the Sky later this month in New Zealand.

Honda heading back to Pikes Peak

Will sponsor event for third straight year.

200,000 Euros to win Pikes Peak? Jean-Philippe Dayraut says absolutely

After three attempts at taming the race to the clouds, Jean-Philippe Dayraut is putting his specially prepared 900hp Mini up for sale. We took the opportunity to sit down with the French driver and chat about what it's like to take on Pikes Peak.

Bobby Goodin Pikes Peak Motorcycle Safety Fund established to honor Pikes Peak rider

Family of Goodin and the Board of Directors of the PPIHC have come together to help improve rider safety

Honda teams make successful runs up Pikes Peak

Honda powers Dumas to overall victory

Official statement regarding Bobby Goodin's tragic death at Pikes Peak

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is preparing to establish a benefit fund for the Goodin family.

Witnessing death at Pikes Peak: a first person account of Bobby Goodin's final moments

Photographer Trevor Andrusko was stationed at the summit on Sunday. He gives a first person account of the events that unfolded after rider Bobby Goodin crashed his Triumph seconds after taking the checkered flag.

Cold and cruel? Yes, Pikes Peak can be both, but we keep coming back

Bobby Goodin will never know he beat his 2013 time by nearly 40 seconds

Pikes Peak: Romain Dumas wins the race to the clouds

He had been dreaming of it for as long as he can remember and on his third try, he did it.