The Pikes Peak hill climb is a magical event in the motorsport calendar. Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, last weekend some of the bravest (and slightly delusional) minds in motoring gathered at the bottom of a hefty hill in Colorado, pointed their bumpers to the summit and gave it hell to get up to the top as quickly as possible.
The weapons of choice that charge up the hill are about as varied as they come within a single motoring event. From the anything-goes Unlimited Class, to the Open Wheel Class where traditional racers from the good ol’ dirt days of Pikes Peak fight it out with their mildly psychotic-looking pumped-up dune buggies, plus vintage muscle cars, souped up semi-trucks, and bewinged Time Attack cars – there’s genuinely something for everyone. And if you don’t like cars, there’s always bikes, quads or sidecars to keep your attention.
Pikes Peak has also had a very open relationship with new technologies. It’s opened its doors to EVs on and off since 1981 and ex-record holder, Monster Tajima, has been flying the electric flag for the last few years – something made easier now the 12.42-mile, 156-turn, 4,720-foot ascent to the clouds is now paved with smooth tarmac. But there have even been autonomous and reverse gear runs up the hill in previous years.
The King of the Hill this year was Romain Dumas. He piloted his bespoke open-cockpit ‘Norma M20 RD Limited’ up the 14,115-foot mountain in 8:51.445 seconds just seven days after winning Le Mans. To save you getting your calculator out, that’s an average speed of 81.28mph… on a public road with no guardrails and monster, deathy drops. You have to check his onboard footage out here.
Once you’ve done that, click through the gallery above. It has all the crazy creations from this year’s race and some of the biggest wings in the biz. In one chock-a-block gallery of awesome, you have NASCARs, Hulk’d up GTRs, Viper ACRs, frighteningly-fast Freightliners, Honda’s four-motor, all-electric NSX, plus much, much more. So get clicking and tell us what your favourite is below.