Nissan GT-R Powered Ford Focus to tackle 2017 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Posted by: Jesse Kleib on 11/17/2021

The beauty of the performance community is that no matter what task is at hand, if you’re trying to attack a hillclimb, drag strip, or anything in between, there are about a million different setups that could get the job done for each application. When it comes to get up and go, you could opt for a domestic or imported engine to power your machine and even after picking where it’s coming from, the options are still plentiful. Furthermore, things get even more interesting when you decide what kind of car the engine is going to go into. As you can see, the factors just keep going on and on and it really all depends on the goal at hand.

This time, we check out a car that’s being put together specifically to conquer the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. Pretty much anyone who is familiar with racing in even the most casual capacity knows about this monster of a hill that combines all sorts of different swooping and hairpins together that formulate one dangerous ride as hundreds or even thousands of feet of mountain reside next to the road for the car in question to tumble down with one false move.

To conquer such a treacherous road, this time, we check out a machine that has built off of the platform of none other than a Ford Focus. That’s right, we’re talking about that little bebop Ford that was designed to get you back and forth in traffic. However, the car has really come a long way. While this one isn’t exactly your traditional Focus, it most certainly was inspired by one and when all was said and done, some Nissan GT-R power from an R35 was plopped under the hood to make the package even sweeter.

Pretty much every component onboard this machine has been custom tailored to tackle one of the toughest hillclimbs around and the results are enough to really wow you! Check out the video below that will give you a little bit of a taste of what you can expect to see when this car is unleashed on the Hillclimb experience of a lifetime.

Tube Frame – R35 powered Hill Climb Car

Here's a quick edit of some video we shot while tuning and track testing the Highlands – Experience the Exceptional Pikes Peak hillclimb car built by PACE Innovations Pty Ltd. We're happy to report that the testing was a success and the car is about to be loaded in a container and shipped to Colorado in preparation for this years event. Expect to see some technical videos of this car in the near future. #pikespeakprep #highperformanceacademy #learntotune

Posted by High Performance Academy on Wednesday, May 3, 2017