Bentley was dethroned at Pikes Peak. A Porsche 911 Turbo S driven by Pikes Peak veteran David Donner tackled the legendary hill climb at the end of September, smashing the previous record with a time of 9 minutes and 53.5 seconds.
The time to beat was 10 minutes and 18 seconds, set by a Bentley Continental GT in 2019. The Porsche #000 had already tried to break the record during the 100th edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) more early in the year, but weather conditions slowed the 911 Turbo S down (time of 10 minutes and 34 seconds).
This performance was enough to allow the 911 to finish in second place overall, but the team still believed that the 911 could go under the 10-minute mark.
Rather than wait another year, David Donner took advantage of a new program, allowing certified times to be achieved outside of race days. He therefore returned on September 27 with the same car and smashed Bentley’s record with 25.9 seconds less!
“Our target was to break the production car record in the 100th edition, and we were happy to see what this car could do. We were lucky to have a clear time to set fast times without practice. The PPIHC and Pikes Peak Highway have been very supportive. The new certified weather will allow others to leave their mark on Pikes Peak for years to come. » Donner said.
The only modifications made to the Porsche relate only to safety and calibration for riding at high altitudes. This includes a roll cage, racing seat, fire suppression systems and permitted modifications to the computer, engine and exhaust system. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires were used for the race.
In standard version, the Porsche 911 Turbo S develops a power of 650 horsepower. The course begins at an altitude of 2,862 meters and ends in the air at 4,302 meters, hence the need for the aforementioned changes.