Heading for the hills
Last year, with the help of Pirelli tyres, Bentley’s Bentayga confirmed its status as the fastest SUV in the world by breaking the SUV record at the Pikes Peak Hillclimb in Colorado.
For those not familiar with Pikes Peak, it’s actually the second-oldest motorsport event in all of the United States, beaten only by the Indy 500, and the world’s ultimate hillclimb.
Known as the ‘Race to the Clouds’ for self-explanatory reasons, it consists of a 19.99-kilometre climb to the summit of Pikes Peak, taking in more than 156 corners and an elevation change of 1440 metres. The vertiginous road to the top used to consist entirely of gravel, but over the years it has been progressively asphalted – which means that it’s now become even faster. The challenge is so epic that in 1989 there was an award-winning film made about it, Climb Dance, starring Ari Vatanen and the Peugeot 405T16. Check it out here.