Ken Gushi won the Exhibition Auto Class in the Pikes Peak hill climb last year driving a Lexus IS F CCS-R, but it appears as though he's ready to take on the climb in a souped-up 2013 Scion FR-S. “No race on earth is quite like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and I can’t wait to conquer it in a car I love: the Scion FR-S,” Gushi said. In preparation for the Pikes Peak event, GReddy retuned the FR-S' suspension and added new performance and safety bits. After the GReddy modifications, the FR-S puts out 500 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, a nice upgrade from the coupe's stock 200 hp and 151 lb-ft.
Ken Gushi will be competing in the Pikes Peak Time Attack 1 Division for production-based two- and four-wheel-drive vehicles on the 12.42-mile course up the 14,115-ft summit. Last year's champion in the Pikes Peak Time Attack class was Paul Dallenbach, who completed the climb in 9:46.001 in a Hyundai RMR Genesis Coupe driven by Rhys Millen in 2012. Other highlights from last year's race included Sebastian Loeb's record time of 8:13.878 driving a highly modified Peugeot 208 in the Unlimited Class. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb kicks off on Sunday, June 29 so look out for Gushi and his GReddy build.