Mike Ryan Prepared To Beat Current Record At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb North Hollywood, CA- On Saturday, July 1st, big rig racer Mike Ryan will venture to beat his record time of 12.46.81. in his hand built Mercedes Benz powered ...
Mike Ryan Prepared To Beat Current Record At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
North Hollywood, CA- On Saturday, July 1st, big rig racer Mike Ryan will venture to beat his record time of 12.46.81. in his hand built Mercedes Benz powered Freightliner Century Class S/T Super Truck at the 84th Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. www.ppihc.com
Also known as The Race To The Clouds, The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motorsports event in the U.S. after the Indianapolis 500. Ryan is currently the record holder with a total of 5 records and 8 wins. Many consider this be one of the most challenging courses anywhere in the world. The course runs 12.46 miles through 156 turns, climbing nearly one mile in elevation to reach the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak. The run up the mountain is mostly dirt with no guardrails, making for extremely challenging driving conditions
Competing against Ryan in the big rig class is four time New Zealand B Class Truck racing champion Shane Chapman. A former record holder of the Queenstown, New Zealand Race To The Sky Hill Climb, Chapman took 2nd place at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2000. He will be racing a 2004 Panoz Racing chassis, equipped with Haldex water-cooled air brakes. Power comes from a 14-Liter Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine, heavily modified with twin turbochargers. The engine produces 1400 horsepower, and 3000 foot-lbs of torque. Power is transmitted to the ground via a World Series Allison 6-Speed Automatic transmission, and delivered through Michelin tires.
Ryan will be racing his one- of- a- kind hand built Freightliner Century Class S/T race truck that was designed specifically for the hill climb. It's equipped with a 1250 horsepower Mercedes-Benz engine and has 2700 foot-pounds of torque. The transmission is a ZF 5 speed that has been modified for racing. Suspension is a 4-link front end and three-link rear end, much like a sprint car. With a weight of 8000 lbs, speeds have been reached of over 100 mph. For more information www.fastrucks.com