November 28, 2023

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Travis Pastrana tears up Mount Washington in wildest hillclimb video ever

New Hampshire’s Mount Washington is acknowledged for some of the most extreme weather in the continental United States — or actually, the world. The greatest surface wind speed ever recorded was logged there: 231 mph, again in 1934. Winter temperatures are brutal. And you can get a howling snowstorm at any time on the six,288-foot peak. 

Also extreme: The video clip you see above, of Travis Pastrana breaking his individual report at the Mount Washington Hill Climb, aka the Climb to the Clouds. The climb initially took place in 1904, seven many years ahead of the Indy 500, 12 many years ahead of the Pikes Peak Hillclimb, and a couple of a long time ahead of the existence of significantly fantastic automotive brakes. Pastrana’s report operate took place in excess of the weekend, and it may be the most frenetic — and if we are all fully honest with ourselves, terrifying — hillclimb video clip ever. Words and phrases don’t do it justice. Just observe it.

After Pastrana set his initially report, in 2017, he reported, “This road is these a challenge. It can be possibly the toughest road to generate flat-out in the world.”

But generate it flat-out, he does. The seven.six-mile Automobile Highway to the summit normally get a tourist thirty minutes to generate, in accordance to hillclimb sponsor Subaru. And looking at the dropoffs and blended surfaces you see in this video clip, that tourist speed of fifteen mph or so appears like a great thought. But Pastrana’s 2017 report was 5 minutes, forty four seconds. And this time, he was geared up with his Subaru “Airslayer” WRX STI that was developed for the Gymkhana 2020 video clip, which puts out 826-horsepower and generates a lot far more downforce from its aero. Airslayer received him up the mountain 16 seconds more rapidly, at 5:28.67.

Our tough math tends to make the normal speed to be about 83 mph.

“New report in the textbooks!” Subaru Motorsports offers Pastrana as declaring. “This motor vehicle is the great equipment to do it. Coming off a second-place finish at Goodwood I actually wished to set a new report listed here to present what the motor vehicle could do in the appropriate atmosphere. Thankfully we actually experienced fantastic weather this yr and I realized if I could get a clear operate in, I’d have a wonderful shot at the 5:forty four time. So a lot enjoyment and I can’t wait around to do it yet again future time!”

So a lot enjoyment? See what you assume.