Put Rhys Millen in a race car on a hill, paved or not (a la Pikes Peak), and he’ll likely climb it faster than anyone on the planet. So it’s only natural that Red Bull and Hyundai would find one of the world’s curvaceous mountain roads and challenge the Kiwi to a part time attack, part drift showoff.
After shipping Millen, his 750-horsepower racecar, and his trusty crew toa Brazilian road reminiscent of the curvaceous Amazon River, Red Bull and Hyundai not only got one entertaining video called Climb Attack Brazil,but alsoa record-setting run.
Set in the country’s southern forest, the 5.8-mile road in the Serra do Rio do Rastro mountain range touts 156 mesmerizing corners.
“By an absolute coincidence, Pikes Peak is also comprised of 156 corners, but over a 20-kilometer stretch. So Rio do Rastro is about twice as twisty as Pikes,” Millen said. “It makes for a very hard, but very enjoyable challenge.”
Over the course of three days, Millen and Co. set up the Pikes Peak car for both drifting and time attack duties. On third day, Millen produced a record-setting 7-minute/17.898 second time at a top speed of 136 mph.
Granted, no other professional racer has recorded a timed run up the range, but if all goes as planned, many will, including some budding Brazilian drivers.
“I really do hope that my record becomes the cornerstone for a new hill climb event – a ‘Brazilian Pikes Peak,’ if you will,” added Rhys. “Brazilians have something very precious on their hands with this road. I’ve always loved Pikes Peak, but I think now I have a new favorite event.”
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Source: Rhys Millen Racing, Red Bull