Longtime MotorTrend test pilot and all-around hotshoe Randy Pobst will make his fourth career attempt at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this weekend in Colorado. This time, he’ll be behind the wheel of a race-prepared Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody as he climbs to the finish line.
Sunday, June 30, 2019 will mark the 97th running of the Pikes Peak hill climb. The course packs 156 turns into 12.4 miles between its 9,390-foot-high start to the 14,115-foot finish line. The ever-thinning air above 4,725 feet of elevation places strain on both driver and vehicle, adding a unique dimension to the legendary race.
In a previous Pikes Peak attempt, Randy experienced an airborne mishap while driving a 700-hp Nissan GT-R.
Pobst’s race vehicle is based on the just-unveiled Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, which adds a wider body and rolling stock (among other things) to the 707-supercharged-hp Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
With a racing career spanning 40 years, Pobst is especially prepared for the task. Among his many accomplishments, he holds over 90 pro wins and numerous lap records, including at Laguna Seca in an SRT Viper ACR and Road Atlanta behind the wheel of a Porsche GT2 RS Weissach. Viewers of MotorTrend On Demand will recognize Randy from shows like Head 2 Head and The Racing Line. Unfortunately, there is no television or livestream coverage of the Pikes Peak event. But stay tuned to MotorTrend.com for updates on how Randy is doing.