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JUL 14, 2022 | By Marcus Cervantes

Ford Power Takes On The Challenge Of Pikes Peak – A 14,000-Foot Uphill Battle Against The Mountain

Mustang driving uphill with landscape in background

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colorado – Racing uphill on roads with little to no guardrails at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour may not sound like everyone's cup of tea, but for the competitors of the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb, they look forward to it all year. Each June, dozens of racers come together in the Rocky Mountains to compete in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, a 12-mile sprint up to an elevation of 14,115 feet, with a total of 156 turns. In 2022, the race celebrated the 100th year of the race, which included invite-only competitors to make the event that much more special. Kash Singh at Devils playground in 2017 Mustang

We followed the race for the week alongside Kash Singh, our Ford Performance Enthusiast Marketing Manager, who pilots a 1000-plus horsepower 2017 Mustang. We found several other competitors who proudly wore the Blue Oval on the mountain, including Robert Prilika in a 2022 Shelby American GT500 SE, Dan Aweida in a 2012 Boss 302S, and Jimmy Ford with his 1994 Ford Bronco -- just to name a few. While hiking through the different photo spots alongside the track, we were able to capture a few of the racers in motion during the practice days. On race day, we were overcome with a thick fog, which affected racers' times, as well as the ability to capture photos from a distance. Check out the gallery below, then prepare for our future detailed Enthusiasts Newsroom story to come on our full recap of the event:Mustang racecar on track at PPIHC

white 2017 Mustang on course at PPIHCBoss 302 Mustang leaving start line at PPIHCRed GT500 on course at PPIHCRed GT500 pulling up to start lineGT500 with half of front visibleGT500 approaching starting line with crowd around itOrange Boss 302 at tech check inGrey S196 mustang approaching Devils PlaygroundBlack Ford Bronco Approaching devils playground on courseGrey S197 mustang taking corner on mountainWhite and blue S550 Mustang going up hillS197 Mustang heading up hill at PPIHCS197 Grey Mustang taking corner on courseBlack Ford bronco on courseBoss 302 mustang in pits at PPIHCGrey and orange mustang at speed on courseFORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / MARCUS CERVANTES

 

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