The rescheduled 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is finally here!
034Motorsport is campaigning their Time Attack Audi A4 in the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb’s Time Attack class, with friend and veteran pro driver Randy Pobst behind the wheel. The new race date of August 12th, 2012 posed scheduling challenges for both 034Motorsport and former driver Robb Holland.
Luckily, professional driver Randy Pobst was ready and willing to get behind the wheel of 034Motorsport's infamous Time Attack Audi A4. Pobst, a long-time friend of 034Motorsport who had raced to victory with 034Motorsport's Christian Miller in the 2009 Grand-Am Koni Challenge, is enthusiastic to be racing up Pikes Peak in the team's Audi.
"We are very excited to have the honor of working with a motorsport legend like Randy. We've been wanting to join forces for years and finally, out of the crazy events of the past month, we have the chance. We look forward to seeing what his driving, and our car preparation, bring to this incredible event," explained Javad Shadzi.
"I'm thrilled to return to The Pikes Peak Hill Climb with 034 Motorsport and my good friends Javad Shadzi and Christian Miller. Christian and I co-drove to a Grand Am Continental Series S/T championship recently, and I will be driving the Audi he normally runs for 034Motorsport in Time Attack, so I know it's a fast car. Ever since tackling The Peak in 1995, I have been yearning for a way to drive that steep and twisting mountain road at full speed again," said Pobst.
Randy Pobst drives the K-PAX Racing Volvo S60R in World Challenge GT.
This marks the 90th year of the "Race to the Clouds," and the first year the entire run up the mountain is completely paved, giving 034Motorsport the opportunity to run their Time Attack A4 in this legendary race.
“We aren’t a rally company, so with the course being paved it gives our team a new challenge to test our products and our will on such an amazing course,” said Javad Shadzi, President of 034Motorsport.
034Motorsport headed to Pikes Peak in early June for preliminary testing, and had a very successful weekend getting the car dialed in on the mountain.
Along with testing, high altitude tuning was done at 6,500 feet in Colorado Springs, to fine tune the ECU's barometric compensation mapping.
“We ran great all day Saturday with our test driver Robb Holland; it was actually his first time on the course and in the car. Robb was getting faster by 5-10 seconds each run he took,” noted Javad Shadzi.
The 034Motorsport Time Attack Audi A4 was fastest car in its class by the end of the testing weekend, running 5 seconds ahead of the other vehicles competing in the Time Attack class.
As this was 034Motorsport's first time on the course, some improvements needed to be made, including a new transmission with 1-2 dog gears built by Advanced Automotion. "We didn't realize how slow some of the corners on this course were. Once we heard Robb was downshifting into 1st for several corners, we knew the synchros wouldn't hold up. Dogs in 1st and 2nd will greatly improve both shift speed and transmission durability,” explained Javad.
Another addition will be a water spray system on the radiator and intercooler to help combat the heat produced by high loads and thin air at increased elevation. Parts for this system are provided by AEM and include atomizing nozzles, a water tank, and a high pressure pump. The system will be controlled with the 034EFI Stage IIc ECU.
Since 034Motorsport is from California, their Time Attack A4 was left at 3ZERO3 Motorsports in Denver, Colorado, where some work and modifications are being performed. "We couldn't have done this without the help of Scott Simpson and his crew at 3ZERO3 Motorsports. Being able to 'headquarter' out of their facility has really given us the resources to tackle a motorsport event like this so far from home," said Javad Shadzi.
About the 034Motorsport Time Attack Audi A4:
The 034Motorsport Time Attack Audi will be tackling the Hill Climb with its heavily modified 2.0L 20-valve 4-cylinder engine, making over 600 horsepower with the help of a Precision 5858 turbocharger and 034Motorsport’s own 034EFI standalone engine management system.
The car’s aerodynamics, brakes, chassis, suspension, and transmission have been completely overhauled by 034Motorsport with race-engineered components to deal with the rigors of competitive racing. Pirelli competition tires will be used for the event.
About the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb:
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit. As drivers climb toward the summit reflexes are slowed and muscle strength fades from the thinning air. The thin air also robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. Competitors and vehicles must be in top shape simply to finish...let alone win!
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