DivisionsWednesday, Jan. 30 2013
The traditional race car on Pikes Peak. Their appearance ranges from an Indy car style to a dune buggies. Open wheel cars have competed in every Pikes Peak International Hill Climb since the first race in 1916. This is a very fast division. Open Wheel Record: Robby Unser (1994), 10:05.85.
Pikes Peak Open
These cars may look like stock cars from the outside, but major modifications can be done to their engines, transmissions and suspension. Pikes Peak Open Record: Romain dumas (2012), 9:46.181.
Anything goes in the Unlimited Division as long as it passes safety inspection. The Unlimited Division features the most exotic vehicles, most of them built specifically for this race. These race cars have the best chance of setting a new overall race record. In 2011 Nobuhiro Tajima finally broke the elusive ten minute barrier setting an overall course record with a time of 09:51.278. Tajima broke his own previous record of 10:01.41 set in 2007.
In keeping with the mission statement of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, specifically to “demonstrate advancements in the practical application of motor sports technology,” the race encourages vehicles that don’t fit into one of its regular divisions to enter in the Exhibition Division. Exhibition Record: Rick Knoop (2012), 10:56.240.
This division is for production based two and four wheel drive vehicles. Eligibility is restricted to close-bodied four-wheel vehicles. Time Attack Record: Rhys Millen (2012), 9:46.164.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb recognizes the future of electricity in the automotive industry. It is through this effort that constructors of electric vehicles may showcase their engineering excellence of these truly unique vehicles. Electric Record: Fumio Nutahara (2012), 10:15.380.
Pikes Peak Vintage
These vintage race cars make us remember back to the glory days of Pikes Peak with cars like; Mustang, Cobra, Mercury and Lincoln too. Eligible cars are those manufactured in 1990 or earlier.
Three wheels, two riders (“driver” and “passenger”), and one winning mission. The passenger (or aptly named “the monkey”) lets it all hang out in the turns, making for some interesting action. Sidecars are always a crowd favorite. Sidecar Record: John-Thomas Wood (2012), 11:41.406.
Pikes Peak 250
Don’t let the size fool you. There are motorcycles with bigger engines on Pikes Peak, but the Pikes Peak 250 class is fast and competitive. These machines are usually factory built for racing with two-stroke and four-stroke single or twin cylinder engines. 250cc Record: Jason Archuleta (2012), 11:41.015.
Pikes Peak 450
A popular class with many riders. Two-stroke and four-stroke engines are eligible. Many older design machines of this size are successful in this race, but bikes off the showroom floor can also be competitive. Single and twin-cylinder engines are allowed. Pikes Peak 450 Record: Travis Newbold (2012), 11:06.618.
Pikes Peak Heavyweight Supermoto
Many riders choose to use a lightweight, single-cylinder, four-stroke 700cc engine in this class. This engine creates an excellent power-to-weight ratio, something all Pikes Peak racers strive for. Twin-cylinder engines may be as large as 750cc. Pikes Peak Heavyweight Supermoto Record: Gary Trachy (2012), 10:40.753.
Pikes Peak Superbike 750
A new class in 2012, Pikes Peak Superbike 750 will feature 2, 3 or 4 cylinder superbikes with no super or turbo charging.
Pikes Peak 1205
This class gives the new breed of over 900cc twin or triple cylinder off-road motorcycles a place to race. 2006 saw four of these powerful bikes run as exhibition with impressive times, proving their adaptability to Pike Peak. All eyes will be on these thundering machines. Pikes Peak 1205 Record: Carlin Dunne (2012), 9:52.819.
Essentially four-wheeled motorcycles, these machines are limited only by tread width and the use of an ATV engine of 500cc or less. Stability is aided by extreme weight-shifting by the rider. Cornering velocity is very high while the relative smallness of the engines hold down outright speed. Quad Modified Record: Steve Tutt (2012), 11:40.521.
This division includes Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) and Quads 750cc-up. Also included in this division (new for 2013) is an electric motorcycle class that will feature riders competing on stock Zero Electric Motorcycles courtesy of Hollywood Electrics. Exhibition Powersport Record: Doug Siddens (2012), 10:40.669.
This division includes 650cc-750cc 4-stroke twin cylinder bikes that would qualify for current AHRMA events. Vintage Motorcycle Record: Marc LaNoue (2012), 12:39.782.