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Take a wild ride to the top of Pike’s Peak (video)

Jul 3, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT

(Photo courtesy Tim Hardy via YouTube) (Photo courtesy Tim Hardy via YouTube)

We’ve often wondered what it would be like to race to the top of Colorado’s famous Pikes Peak mountain.

After watching a video of Tim Hardy’s recent run up there in his 480-horsepower turbocharged 1987 BMW E30, we have to give racers who challenge “The Peak” (as it’s usually called) a lot of credit.

Heading up a mountain with very few guard rails, incredible hairpin and switchback turns and the potential of several hundred foot drops if you and your car make even the slightest mistake, well, we have a new appreciation for those who are up to the challenge of “The Peak.”

Thanks to our friends at MotorAuthority.com for pointing this video out and the way they so eloquently put the ride: “The footage is some of the best we’ve seen, conveying the raw peril, serious cojones, and massive skill involved in making it to the top of the mountain.”

By the way, Hardy made it to the top of Pike’s Peak in 10 minutes, 44.650 seconds (and there were drivers who went even faster!).

You owe it to yourself to watch it below. But before you do, a bit of advice and a warning:

Expand your browser to full size so you get a better appreciation of what Hardy is seeing and feeling behind the wheel.

As for the warning, make sure the chair you’re sitting in while watching has arm rests. Trust us, as you and Hardy climb up the mountain, you’ll be looking to hang on for dear life.

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  1. techmeister1 - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    The video doesn’t do justice to this beautiful scenic drive up the mountain nor the challenge for racers. I personally would never drive at more than 8/10ths due to the consequences of a mistake. Where it appears that you could drop off the face of the earth – you can and people have.

    That being said I highly recommend the scenic drive to anyone able to do it. Unless you have a turbo you will be surprised to see a loss of almost 20% in engine power from the base to the summit. In addition just walking around at 14,000′ can take your breath away. You’ll feel like your weight has doubled since you got in the car at the base.

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