Watch: 1400bhp Ford F-150 blitzes Pikes Peak "Race to the Clouds" record
This was *VERY* quick
The Pikes Peak hill-climb has become a jewel of the American motoring world as it's earned a reputation of being one of the world's most prestigious hill-climbs. Based in Colorado, Pikes Peak measures 12.42 miles-long road, climbing a dizzying 4,720 feet.
This year saw many weird and wonderful machines attempt the hill-climb such as: a refurbished Porsche 935, a souped-up Tesla Model 3 and even a Mazda Speed 3. However, the highlight of the event was a Ford-F1 that sported a 1400bhp diesel engine which set a record on the infamous "Race to the Clouds."
This particular Ford has been heavily modified to make it a really memorable participant in this year's event. It's so modified that it's really hard to see what ressemblance it shares with the 1949 Ford-F1 it's based on.
The car is the brainchild of Scott Birdsall from Chuckles Garage, who made use of a 6.7-litre Cummins straight-six and a few compound turbochargers, producing a mind-boggling 1400bhp and over 100 pounds worth of boost. The power is transferred to the rear wheels thanks to an ATS Diesel Stage-4 automatic four-speed gearbox.
Although the time Birdsall posted was a record-breaker, he reckoned that "Old Smokey" would've gone even quicker. Posting a time of 11:24.065, Birdsall reported that a cooling issue resulted in a dip in power for a third of the climb. He predicted that the car would have posted a time closer to 10 minutes and 40 seconds.
Take shotgun in this blindingly-quick hill-climb on the whole video posted by Chuckles Garage: