Tomorrow is race day. The teams are making the final adjustments for tomorrow's winner-takes-all race
The racers have been practising on sections of the track. Yesterday the drivers tackled the dramatic top section
Ralf Christensson makes a run in his 1972 Mustang GT350 in the vintage class
Cars like Donner Billingsley open wheeled Wells Coyote are legend of the 'Peak
The electric racers also took to the track today; it is one of the most tightly contested classes
With manufacturers and private runners evolving electric cars each year, times are tumbling
Photographers as well as competitors feel the height of the course
Variety is a watchword of Pikes Peak competition
What goes up...
The Pikes Peak is now all asphalt, but the challenge remains huge...
... and the course is still a little short on grip
A rally car class keeps the iconic Subaru Impreza in competition
Not every competitor has a huge rear wing...
... but many do
Competitors run on the track in short sections ahead of the full, final runs
Home-built specals are among the fastest cars on the hill
Leading competitors have oxygen pumped in the car at altitude
Engineering innovation abounds...
... and not just in the electric car classes
Competitors use all the road, but there's little room for error
Despite the cars launching at intervals, the gaps aren't always enough
Inside Loeb's incredible Peugeot 208 racer
Few brave the heights to watch on practise days. Race day will be a different story
The views are as dramatic as the racing
As the racers close in on race day tomorrow, the teams are making the final preparations for the final do-or-die run at Pikes Peak.
The Unlimited class, which counts Sébastien Loeb, Romain Dumas and Rhys Millen among the competitors, took to the top section of the course. Loeb leads the pack in his Peugeot 208 T16 with a time of 2m11s. With engine gremlins fixed, Millen ran his Hyundai Genesis to second-best 2m27s, beating Dumas by .31s. The Monster Mini of Jean-Philippe Dayraut recorded a best time of at 2:33.
The gap between Loeb and Millen prompted last year’s winner to suggest a hot run by Loeb tomorrow could become unbeatable. He told Caradvice that he couldn’t beat Loeb. “Not on this road, not in this car. If they have a good run on Sunday you will never see that record fall again,” he said.
In the electric class, ex-Pikes Peak motorcycle champion Greg Tracy took his Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II to the top of the electric class with a time of 2m25s. ‘Monster’ Tajima’s E-Runner Pikes Peak Special split the two Mitsubishis with a time of 2m27s. The second Mitsubishi of Hiroshi Masuoka recorded a 2m20m, followed by Rod Millen’s 2m32s.
Autocar will be reporting from the event throughout the weekend, so stay tuned for the latest from Pikes Peak.
You can also watch short videos of several of the competitors on Autocar's YouTube channel.