This year, Hot Rod Magazine teamed up with Dodge and racer of all things Mopar Kevin Wesley to tackle the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. Their weapon of choice was the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, which is currently the undisputed kind of production car lap records.
With the right driver and the right car, success was imminent. Wesley drove in the Time Attack 2 production class at Pikes Peak, which is reserved for production cars only, taking second place behind the hybrid Acura NSX supercar. The Acura finished 11-seconds clear of the Viper, but the snake began to overheat and misfire towards the top of the hillclimb, which certainly hurt its chances at taking the win.
Another reason the NSX had the upper hand was due to its status as a turbocharged hybrid car. Turbochargers help cars racing at Pikes Peak deal with the thin air at the top of the mountain, as the turbo compresses the low-oxygen air before it reaches the cylinder. The NSX’s electric motors are also unaffected by low oxygen air, of course, providing further benefits once it reached the top of the mountain.
Considering these set backs, the Viper ACR’s second place finish is nothing short of impressive. Check out the 10:39.964 run up the 12.5-mile hillclimb course in the video above.