After you peruse these times, compare the GpN times to the PGT times of the late 80's at http://www.ppihc.com/winnersindex.htm. These were 2wd cars. By the way, because of rule changes in 1989, it is unlikely Roddy's MX-6 would have passed muster at a PRO Rally(correct for that year). However, it was still a mostly stock production car. There were some very close battles during the height of SCCA's sanction of PPIHC. Unfortunately, only the winners' times are preserved for posterity.
Wow. Crawford's 1987 (13:46.61) run in "my" Shelby Daytona Z would have placed him fourth in Grp N despite the fact there was none of that Pennzuppress (or whatever they call that road treatment), no tarmac and only 2WD.
Interesting. Kind of speaks to the issue of how experience on the hill pays some dividends, eh?
>Lovell's 11:52.6 most closely matches the elder Millen's
>1991 11:51.37 ... in an RX-7.
>Best Audi time was Walter Rohrl in '87 at 10:47.85, much
>quicker than Mouton's best 11:25.39 ... despite the
>Fascinating table, thanks for the link! (All is forgiven.)
>Audi 4000Q - #577
Couple of points:
As I mentioned in another post - the parts of the highway used for the race were gravel throughout the 80s. There were some road treatments then, for sure, but nothing like the stuff used since the mid-90s that pretty much locked down the loose stuff. And no tarmac at all except that little bit around the Glen Cove guard shack. I'd expect that recent runners have benefited significantly from better grip up to treeline, at least. Rodney's RX-7, by the way, was an AWD machine but I don't believe it was turbocharged (maybe it was in '91).
So far as the last two works Audi runners are concerned, keep in mind that Michelle Mouton was driving something of a worn out rally car in 1985 while Herr Rohrl drove a Quattro in '87 that was pretty much purpose-built for the hillclimb.
Rohrl's rookie run - against a three-car Peugeot 205T16 team - was one of the most astounding drives I've ever witnessed. He won and took the overall record by lopping almost half a minute off Bobby Unser's record set in the same car Audi debuted in '86.
It is a purpose-built car that looks like a Saab 9-3. I believe it was built by Prodrive and has a custom 4WD setup mated to a Saab 4-cyl turbo engine that puts out over 600 hp. Think of it as a European Rallycross car that has been adapted to the unique requirements of Pikes Peak.
The body is mostly carbon fiber, but you have to be standing next to the car to see that.
>On a new tack ... Does anyone know what actually happened to
>either Millen or O'Neil. They both smoked their opening
>splits and then faded badly.
I was on the plane back with Tim, he mentioned he had troubles with the altitude, which may have been the cause. I know I had trouble with it, I only did the test day at 12,500ft from 3:30 am until 9:30 am. the second day I stayed below 10,000ft since I had to stay from 3:30am until 5pm. At the top I felt like I did a whip it (inhaling the nitrous oxide from a whip cream can)it was a great buzz but I got a severe headache. Being a land lubber here in Boston, there was no way I could aclimate.
>Evo VII probably had much more power than WRX above 12000
Interesting difference in GpN vs. Open. All the GpN Subies, except Workum*, faded in the last three segments. The biggest loss of time was between the Cove and the Bottomless Pit -- is that the steepest part of the course?
Since both top Open Subies were the same works outfit, they performed relatively the same, as you would expect, i.e. Lagemann did not fall further behind Lovell as the run went on. Likewise, Havir and Peterson both faded only slightly in the top two splits, not nearly as much as the GpN boys.
The conclusion has to be that the altitude affected the GpN cars more than the Open cars -- that is to be expected.
The interesting thing is that both Choiniere and O'Sullivan made up time on Lovell in the last sections ... a hint that the Open Subies may have liked the altitude less than the others.
The question would be ... do the Subies start with less power or are they more affected by altitude or both? Or is it a weight issue? As the cars transition from "more power than you can lay down" to "not nearly enough power" does a Subie weight disadvantage come into play?
(*Note - Workum's not fading had more to do with his terrible first split than the car ... he was moving from the back of the pack.)
Audi 4000Q - #577
BTW - I've got a spreadsheet with all this analysis on it. Email me for a copy. Don't have anywhere convenient to post right now.
i've read that the factory claims 750hp with prodrive gearbox and four-wheel drive. does anyone know where i can get one stateside?
i saw it last year at the peak, throwing huge flames, but broken gear box, louder than a train and a turbo bigger than a jet engine.
Does anyone know what car stig blomquist was driving? really curious to know, thanks.
BTW the hill was awsome, a lot of us had problems with the cars.
I think next year we will all go much faster now that we have some experience and know how to set our cars up and what variety of tires to bring.
I ran into some ECU problems, lost power steering halfway up before the W's and then the car was overheating bad in the lst 3 miles, had to back it off considerably. But over all pleased with the new car, considering it was its 1st time out.