Aston Martin competes at Pikes Peak, with champion Robin Shute on board
The technology upgrade adopted will be done on a Aston Martin Vantage GT3 species car as part about its preparation to compete in Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in June in Colorado, where Rivian and BMW have also announced their plans to compete.
It will mark the British brand’s first step into the classic Race to the cloudss since the event began in 1916.
The expected driver is Robin Shutethree-time overall champion and ‘King of the Rock’ — won in 2019, 2021 and 2022 when he was also awarded the prestigious Segrave Cup by the Royal Automobile Club for being the first British and Only win the hill climb.
According to British firm adventure engineering, working with Aston Martin Racing, the car will be powered by a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 and additional technical developments will include engine mapping; working damper; an upgraded aero package and reduced weight from existing and growing components; as well as bespoke equipment.
This year, Venture says, Aston will be included in the Time Attack 1 class, which is the division for production-based two- and four-wheel drive vehicles. There are plans to develop the car further in 2024 for a second run in the Unlimited class, the premium segment for exotics with the fewest restrictions.
Renowned for its altitude and extreme weather conditions, the climb to Pikes Peak is a 12.42-mile test through 156 turns and an elevation gain of 4,725 feet.