Honda is aiming to break some records at this year's 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 30, with a total of ten vehicles entered in all, including ATVs and motorcycles. If it doesn't win in at least a few classes (it says it's gunning for the overall victory), it certainly won't be for lack of trying.
One of the centerpieces of its efforts is this killer-looking, last-generation Acura NSX. We don't know much about it yet or what class it will run (likely unlimited), but it certainly looks mean in its black livery.
Peugeot is also joining Honda on the Pikes Peak asphalt this year, and has just released details of its 208 T16 Pikes Peak Peugeot set to be driven by World Rally Championship superstar Sebastien Loeb. A joint effort with Red Bull, the car -- designed and engineered by the French automaker's Peugeot Sport division -- will compete in the unlimited class and is a version of the 208 hatch Loeb drives in the WRC. Like the NSX, Peugeot hasn't announced any details of the car's power, but it's hoping for a repeat of the 1988 and 1989 seasons when its 405 T16 claimed victory. With Loeb at the wheel, we wouldn't count them out.
Also known as 'The Race to the Clouds', Pikes Peak is widely regarded as the world's most challenging hill climb race and is one of the most recognizable motorsports events on Earth. At 12.42-miles in all, the course starts at 9,390 feet and culminates some 156-turns later at Pikes Peak's 14,110-foot summit.
The surface was completely asphalted in 2011, which has taken away some of the drama of the dirt-track days, but it remains an eminently challenging course, and car builders must adjust for as much as a 30 percent power loss due to the high-altitude.