A new Range Rover Sport, driven by stunt driver and Pikes Peak specialist Paul Dallenbach, has broken the record for a standard production vehicle on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb course.
The Range Rover Sport covered the 12.42 mile course in just 12 minutes 35.61 seconds, recording an average speed of 59.17 mph.
The course itself winds through 156 corners as it ascends from 9,390 feet above sea level to 14,110 feet. At that height, the air contains just 58% of the oxygen as it does at sea level, leading to a gradual decrease in engine performance as the course progresses.
The vehicle used was a standard Range Rover Sport with a 510PS 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8 engine, fitted with a roll cage and seat harnesses only to meet racing safety requirements.
Dallenbach, 45, from Basalt in Colorado, has won his category at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb six times, and the event outright three times.
Speaking after the successful record attempt, Dallenbach said: “There’s no margin for error at Pikes Pike – you only need to misjudge one of those 156 turns and you’re into the trees or over the edge of the mountain. To take on this place the way I did today, you need complete confidence in your vehicle, and the Range Rover Sport sure gave me that – it’s fast, responsive and agile. I was able to place the car exactly where I wanted it on the road to keep to the optimum high-speed lines through corners. This is a hugely capable vehicle and I’m proud to have been part of demonstrating that by setting a new Pikes Peak record.”