Success for Honda at Pikes Peak race
3rd July 2014
Honda was triumphant at this year’s Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event, securing an overall win while also setting a new production electric vehicle (EV) record.
The 12.42-mile route takes competitors to the summit of Pikes Peak mountain in Colorado Springs, America, and is highly regarded as one of the world’s most testing motorsport challenges.
French driver Romain Dumas set the fastest run to the top in his Honda-powered Norma RD Limited prototype, completing the sprint in 9:05.801. The victory represents the thirteenth consecutive year a racer with a Honda powertrain has won at least one class at the event.
Also victorious was Roy Richards, who piloted his Honda Jazz EV to a record-breaking winning time of 12:55.591. "This year, we did a perfect job, the [Honda engine] was running good and we prepared how we should. Richards said. “I knew I was running smoothly, so I didn't want to take any risks. It was a clear run.”
Overall, representatives from American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda North America and Honda R&D combined to enter six cars in the Pikes Peak challenge, and all completed the charge to the top successfully.
This achievement will surprise few who are familiar with the manufacturer’s model line-up, as its vehicles are well respected for their reliability and hard-working engines.
The road-ready Jazz and all other new Honda cars are available today from Lookers in Bexleyheath, Derby and Nottingham. Enquire with your nearest dealership for further details.