Pikes Peak is one of the toughest hill climbs in the world. It is a challenge for both man and machine to quickly drive the winding roads up the side of the mountain to the very thin air. Because of the low air density many engines struggle to breathe at the higher elevations.
This helps make it a perfect proving ground for new automotive technology. The HPD ARX-04b,which debuted at the 24 Hours of Daytona and is powered by a Honda engine, will attempt to tackle the tough mountain challenge this year.
To read more about the HPD ARX-04b, its power plant and Pikes Peak click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article).
The HPD ARX-04b competed in the LMP2 class at Daytona, so it should be pretty quick. The prototype is powered by a Honda 3.5-liter V6 that is a production based unit. The very fast machine will compete in the Ultimate class which features cars that can navigate all 156 turns of the 12.42-mile course in under 10 minutes.
At the wheel of the ARX-04b will be IndyCar and former Formula 1 driver, Justin Wilson. “It’s going to be a lot of fun driving the Honda ARX-04b up the hill and giving it everything I’ve got,” Wilson said. “This is my first time competing at Pikes Peak and I’m really looking forward to the experience. I’ve run with Honda at the Indy GP and the ‘500′ this year, and also have run Formula E and at the 12 Hours of Sebring. But this will be every bit as difficult as any of them. I’m looking forward to the challenge and working with everyone at Honda.”
The ARX-04b, which was developed through a joint effort between HPD and Wirth Research, features energy-efficient technology with low drag and high fuel efficiency and quick change front and rear bodywork. The technologically advanced race car will hit Pikes Peak on June 28th. We’ll make sure follow how well it does at the event and share it here, so stay tuned.