An overall world record of 9 minutes 46.164 seconds has been set by Team Rhys Millen Racing at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs. On Sunday, 2010 Le Mans champion Romain Dumas posted a 9-minute 46.181-second time with his Porsche 997 GT3-R, only to be beaten by a whisker later in the day by Team RMR.
They have both broken Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima’s 9-minute 51.278-second record, set last year.
We have been tirelessly bringing you the latest on the 2012 PPIHC during the past weekend as events unfold, and if you’ve been keeping up, I’m sure you’ll agree that conquering this climb in a car is no mean feat; even to finish it unscathed is an achievement, what more to do it faster than anyone else.
“With the newly paved section of the course and the hot weather conditions, a lot of people failed or crashed. Our cars balance remained the same from practice to race day using these Hankook F200 Tires this entire run. Even on a slick tire and torrential downpour in the last mile and a half, with the heat we were able to achieve in the tires the grip was still adequate and we were able to produce a new world record,” said Rhys Millen, driver of the team’s Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
Born in New Zealand, Rhys Millen is perhaps best known for his involvement in the US drifting scene, but he also does some rallycross (in a 500 hp Hyundai Veloster, no less), and brought this customised Hyundai Equus to SEMA a couple of years ago.