David Donner is a Colorado Springs resident who has won the overall Pikes Peak three times (1991, 2002 and 2005). It also set a number of class records, including for production cars, set in 2014 with a previous generation 911 Turbo S.
The time to beat was 10 minutes 18.4 secondsset by Rhys Millen on a Bentley Continental GT in 2019. Donner and the #000 Porsche team had aimed for the record at the 100th event Pikes Peak International Hill Climb earlier in the year, but wet conditions slowed the near-production 911 Turbo S to just 10 minutes and 34 seconds. The time was fast enough for a class win and second place overall, but the team believed the 911 could break the 10-minute barrier for production cars.
The car wore a special livery showcasing the quarterly Porsche enthusiast magazine « 000 », which helped bring the parts together to make racing easier. Rather than wait another year, Donner used a new Pikes Peak International Hill Climb program that allows certified course times to be set outside of race day. He returned on September 27 with the same car, passed the same technical inspection, then erased Bentley’s record of 25.9 seconds.
“Capturing the 100th production car record was our goal, and we were excited to finally see what this car can do”Donner said. “We were fortunate to have clear weather to set fast no-drive times on two cold mornings in sub-optimal light. The PPIHC and Pikes Peak Highway were very supportive and accommodating, and the new course time certified will allow others to leave their mark on Pikes Peak for years to come.Our team is thrilled to be part of starting this program.
The 911 Turbo S is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system. Peak power is 640 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque, enough for a 0-100 acceleration in 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 328 Km/h. Donner’s car was also equipped with the lightweight package offered by Porsche. The set saves approximately 35 pounds over curb weight by removing components or swapping out lighter alternatives.
The only modifications made to the Porsche were for safety and calibrations to operate at high altitudes. This includes a roll cage, racing seat, fire systems and permitted modifications to the engine computer and exhaust system. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires were used for the race. The route is 19.93 km long and has 156 bends. The start takes place at 2,865 meters above sea level and ends approximately 1,440 meters higher, hence the need for calibrations.