The simple art of racing up a hill has given us some pretty crazy cars. Whether its huge wings and dive planes sprouting from all areas of the bodywork, or insane engines that make you need 5 minutes alone in the toilets. Everything about hillclimb cars are cool, and I'm going to run through 5 of the best cars to ever grace... hills.
1: Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak
Based of of the humble (and crap) Suzuki Escudo, this bewinged family car shot up the famous Pikes Peak hillclimb in 1996 and showed people that family cars mean business. Especially when you dump 900+HP engines in them. Speaking of the engine, the unit in the Escudo was a 2.5 litre Twin Turbo V6 that produced 985HP. That gave this car a specific output of 394HP/Litre.
2: Peugeot 405 T16
Clearly when designing the 405 T16, someone from Peugoet overheard the phrase: "bigger is better" and thought, "Yes, it is!". That's how we ended up getting this saloon on steroids. Like the Suzuki prior, the 405 T16 took on the infamous Pikes Peak hillclimb and set a record of 10:47.77 in the process. Based of of the 205 T16's engine, the 405 produced a stonking 600HP. No wonder it won Pikes Peak twice...
3: VW I.D. R
From turbo'd monsters, to electric mentalists. The VW I.D. R was built for the sole purpose of showing just how capable electric cars are. Did it achieve its goal? Absolutely. The 671HP I.D. R started by taking on Pikes Peak. It came, it saw and it definitely conquered. Not only did it break the record for EVs, it also set a new outright record of 7:57.15. That made the I.D. R the first car to set a sub 8 minute time at Pikes Peak. Thankfully, the very clever people at VW didn't stop there, the I.D. R went on to clinch the lap record for EVs at the Nordschlife (6:05.34) whilst carrying cornering G of 3.5. Most recently, the I.D. R has set a time at the Shan Big Gate Road (10.9 KM) on the Tianmen Mountain of 7:38.59. It's safe to say the I.D. R will go down in history as one of the EV greats.
4: BMW E36 Judd V8
The chances are if you type "hillclimb" into a certain video streaming site that starts with "Y" and ends in "ouTube", you'll find footage of this car screaming its way up most hills in Europe. So, what made this car so special? Underneath the heavily vented bonnet lives a Judd V8 that was derived from single seaters. As a result, this particular E36 produces 560HP and redlines at a rediculous 10,000 RPM. Hillclimb legend Gerog Plasa was the man behind this creation. Sadly, he passed away in 2011, but his spirit lives on in this mental machine that is still, to this day, tearing up hillclimbs 10,000 RPM at a time.
5: Alfa Romeo 4C V8
Here's another Judd V8 powered hooligan. This Alfa 4C has had it's pathetic 4 cylinder turbo ripped out and replaced with a naturally aspirated V8 that howls all the way to 11,000 RPM and produces a tasty 525 HP. This 4C has been used across Europe at multiple hillclimb events. If you are ever bored, watch some videos of this car, you wont be bored anymore.
Thank you very much for reading and I hope you enjoyed!