With his newly designed truck in its final stages of fabrication in Southern California, Ryan will welcome a new paint scheme and a new Detroit Diesel engine. Ryan hopes to set a faster time than the 12:43.66 result from 2006. If he does, it will mark Ryan's seventh world record in 12 attempts.
At the heart of the new Cascadia is a hand-built, custom-made race chassis designed and originally constructed by volunteer engineers at the Freightliner test center. This new mountain assault vehicle is powered by a 1600-horsepower Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine, and was race-prepped by engineers at the Detroit Diesel Reman Center. The truck will appear in Shell Rotella T livery, as they are this year's premier sponsor.
The race is run on a 12.42 mile course that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of Colorado's Pikes Peak. The course is home to 156 turns over 12.46 miles while climbing a near mile in elevation. There are few guardrails. There are no padded walls. This year''s race has 11 classes and features a variety of automotive, semi truck, exhibition, open wheel, super stock car, pro truck and motorcycle classes with a field approaching 200 competitors.
According to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb web site, also scheduled to run the course is Shane Chapman of Hastings, Minn., in a 2003 Freightliner Century Class ST.
More info: www.ppihc.com