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StopTech Racing Feeling Mile High After Pike's Peak Success
by Frank A. Filipponio | Jun 26, 2017

“Team StopTech” was feeling a bit lightheaded after soaring to 2 class wins and a second place class finish in the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Finishing 2nd, 4th and 13th overall, the racers running StopTech brakes included Peter Cunningham in the ex-Pirelli World Challenge RealTime Racing Acura TLX, our old friend Rhys Millen who returned with his record-breaking Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and Paul Gerrard in the Enviate Hypercar, which struggled but still finished second in the Unlimited Class and 13th overall.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is one of the most extreme races in the world. The climb starts at an elevation of 9,390 feet above sea level and over the course of 12.42 miles winds through 156 turns while climbing to an ultimate elevation of 14,115 feet.

For much of the history of PPIHC the course was dirt and gravel, but a few years ago portions started being paved and now the entire course is asphalt and concrete. That pavement is rough, though, due to frequent freezing and thawing cycles that occur on the mountain. Many of the breathtakingly beautiful views racers encounter on their journey to the summit happen to coincide with one or two thousand foot drop-offs -- many of them with no guardrails. Those brave enough to attempt to race up the mountain have to deal with quickly changing weather conditions and thin air that saps power as they climb nearly a mile up in elevation.

 The Enviate Hypercar is a custom-built racer with a turbocharged 4.8L LS V8 that puts down around 1,000 hp to the wheels. The car weighs about 2,200 lbs and uses a StopTech Trophy BBK at each corner.

 Acura actually fielded three race cars this year, the RTR TLX as well as the 2017 TLX GT and the all-new 2017 NSX.

Rhys Millen’s 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe set the world-record at Pike’s Peak when it won overall in 2012 and with a few small changes it was back this year and representing itself quite well with a fourth place finish overall and first in the Time Attack Class.


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