They have been posting updates on the car, to be driven by Mark Rennison, on YouTube, but we have gathered the clips together here for you to check out the monster in action before the historic hillclimb takes place on Sunday, June 26.
The 2011-spec RS200 has been built to compete at Pikes Peak by Peter Bennett and the boys at MDV. The engine has been built specifically to accelerate out of the course’s infamous slow speed corners by Geoff Page Racing.
That engine is a full-on 2.4-litre BDTE, and the rest of the spec list, required to cope with the 900bhp and 920Nm of torque, is eye-watering.
The brakes are the latest from Alcon, while the suspension is Black Art Designs Ltd three-way adjustable remote canister units. The turbo has been built by Garrett in USA and runs a specific altitude compressor. The engine management system has been built specially by Life racing systems, the pistons within this engine were made by J-E and a new state-of-the-art crankshaft has been produced for the massive torque generated from this engine and both crank and rods are designed by GRP.
The hillclimb itself is run on a 12.42-mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. The thin air also robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit – hence the need for so much of it in the first place!