Retro diesel Ford pickup truck sets record on Pikes PeakSeptember 1, 2020
A 71-year-old Ford F1 car covered a 19.99-kilometer track with almost 1,500 meters of vertical drop and 156 corners in 11 minutes 24.065 seconds.
A modified version of the 1949 Ford F1 pickup truck set a new diesel record for climbing Pikes Peak. At the wheel of the car was pilot Scott Birdsell, who covered the nearly 20-kilometer climb in 11 minutes 24.065 seconds. Thus, the American pickup by as much as 13 seconds surpassed the achievement of the previous track record holder – the Mercedes-Benz C300D 4Matic.
Note that even the fastest crossover on the track – the Bentley Bentayga – covered the mountain 2 years ago in 10 minutes 49.9 seconds, and the same Bentley Continental GT in 10 minutes 18.488 seconds.
The rear-wheel drive Ford F1 pickup is powered by a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine. Its exact specs are kept secret, but it appears to be in excess of 1400hp. Also, the car is equipped with a modified braking system, ultra-wide Toyo tires and sports shock absorbers.
As the driver said in an interview with The Drive, towards the end of the race, his car’s brakes overheated. This is a very common problem in Pikes Peak due to the number of turns. However, this did not stop Birdsell from setting a new record.
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