Earlier this week Porsche revealed that they will be creating their own class for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this year. If you are already getting jittery and wanting to join- bad news, this class is invitation only.
The class consists of different variants of the Porsche Clubsport that would be taking on the time attack division class. With 8 spots available, this class is pretty exclusive to run in. If being selected to race wasn’t enough of a prize, Porsche has decided to throw in some extra goodies for the event. Eight-time Pikes Peak winner Jeff Zwart will be on site for the race and be a hands-on driver coach for the class participants. Also on site is Romain Dumas, who will be driving Volkswagens new all-electric prototype, will be there to help and coach drivers for the climb when he’s not preparing for his own race.
The hill climb event is something special to Porsche, it’s where they really started and brings them back to their roots. “The first race win of any kind for Porsche came in 1948 at a hill climb shortly after the Porsche No. 1 rolled out of the small shop in Gmünd, Austria,” said the president and chief executive of Porsche Motorsport North America, Dr. Daniel Armbruster.
For those of you unfamiliar with Pikes Peak, also know as The Race to the Clouds, it is an annual hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs and has taken place since 1916. The race isn’t for the faint of heart either, as the hill climb has claimed some lives over the past couple of years. With no guard rails and the course spanning more than 12 miles and rising nearly 5,000 vertical feet, the climb is no walk in the park. Over the past couple years, the race has attracted some big names, even Ken Block took on the course in his Mustang Hoonicorn for his Gymkhana series.
Pikes Peak 2018 kicks off June 24th and will be sure to bring in a huge crowd as it does every year. We are looking forward to see how the Porsche Clubsport takes on The Race to the Clouds!