Aston Martin to compete at Pikes Peak, with champion Robin Shute aboard

A via technological update is to be performed on an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 race car or truck as component of its preparing to compete in the Pikes Peak Intercontinental Hill Climb in June in Colorado, where Rivian and BMW also just declared plans to contend.

It will mark the British brand’s initially entry into the typical Race to the Clouds considering the fact that the event’s inception in 1916.

The driver is expected to be Robin Shute, a three-time total winner and ‘King of the Mountain’ — successful in 2019, 2021 and 2022 when he was also introduced with the prestigious Segrave Trophy by the Royal Car Club for being the initially and only British winner of the hill climb.

In accordance to the British firm Enterprise Engineering, which is partnering with Aston Martin Racing, the vehicle will be driven by a 4.-litrer turbocharged V8 motor, and further specialized developments will incorporate motor mapping damper perform an upgraded aero and diminished pounds offer from present and advancement parts as effectively as bespoke gearing.

This yr, Enterprise says, the Aston will be entered in the Time Attack 1 class, which is a division for production-based mostly two- and 4-wheel-generate vehicles. There are ideas to develop the automobile even more into 2024 for a 2nd run in the Unlimited class, the large-finish division for exotics with the minimum constraints.

Famed for its altitude and unforgiving climate circumstances, the Pikes Peak climb is a 12.42-mile examination via 156 twisting turns and an elevation gain of 4,725 ft.