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Pikes Peak 2018: The best photos from the Hill Climb in Colorado

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC)
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D ie the 96th edition of the Pike Peak International Hill Climb was all about Volkswagen. First VW stonewalled, only talking about wanting to break the record for electric vehicles, then Romain Dumas pulverized the previous record of S├ębastien Loeb and Peugeot on Sunday morning. For the first time, a racing car raced from 2,800 to 4,301 meters in under eight minutes. In American terms, the altitude of the summit sounds a bit more impressive: 14,110 feet.

Pictures from Pikes Peak in the gallery

The famous hill climb near Colorado Springs was far more than that VW show. In a way, it was a race of contrasts this year. What was the weather. Between hail and snowfall as well as fantastic sunrises above the clouds, everything was there that makes a photographer's heart beat faster. It goes without saying that the visual artists diligently pressed the shutter release. We do not want to withhold the photos in a dreamlike setting from you. You can find them in the gallery.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC)
The winner and the runner-up: Romain Dumas and Simone Faggioli.

The fans camped between the boulders while the racers on two and four wheels first trained the individual sections and on Sunday scurried up the 1,500 meters to the summit as quickly as possible. In racing cars and road cars of various designs.

A few examples: Norma M20 SF PKP, Gillet Vertigo, Wolf TSC Honda, Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, Ford Mustang GT, McLaren 12C, Volkswagen Jetta GLI, Audi A1 quattro, Porsche 911 SC 3.0l Gr and BMW E30. Even big SUVs like thatBentley Bentayga stormed the mountain.

European mountain champion Simone Faggioli set the third fastest time in the history of Pikes Peak in 8: 37.230 minutes in an off-the-shelf prototype. The Norma M20 SF PKP lacked downforce in the thin mountain air. The normally aspirated engine used was turbocharged, and at sea level Faggioli's Renner has around 800 hp. However, engine problems slowed the ten-time EM winner. Three engines went over the Wupper. Which describes the charm of Pikes Peak quite well. In addition to perfectly orchestrated works such as that of VW, private individuals in particular enrich the Race to the Clouds.


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