VIDEO: The mountain decides – behind the scenes of the 2018 Pikes Peak Hill Climb


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Feature-length documentary looks at what goes into an attempt at the infamous hill climb, in the year electric powertrains bested internal combustion

Twelve miles. 156 bends with half-mile vertical drops. 14,000ft above sea level. Pikes Peak has to be one of the most famous, and infamous, hill climbs in all of motorsport.

Being fastest to the top has been the goal of racing drivers for almost a century. Things were no different for this year’s event, and filmmaker Jeremy Hart (@JeremyHartUK) was there to see the action unfold as VW smashed the all-time course record, claiming victory for electric powertrains over internal combustion.

The Mountain Decides takes us behind the scenes for a closer look at three racing teams hoping to set record-breaking times: Romain Dumas and the Volkswagen Motorsport team had their sights set on the electric car record with the VW ID R electric racer, Bentley Racing driver Rhys Millen was hoping to smash the record for production SUVs in a specially-modified W12 Bentayga, and daredevil Travis Pastrana was hoping to come out in front of the hotly contested Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport class.

This feature-length documentary features interviews with the 2018 drivers, explores the history of the event in detail, and includes jaw-dropping footage of the legendary Group B rally era, as well as Dumas’ record-setting run up the hill.

Directed by Jeremy Hart for Timbuktu (www.inccontent.com)

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Source:: Autocar