• Climb Dance

    If you've not seen this before, you really need to. This is the stunning award winning Jean Louis Mourey short film of Ari Vatanen's record breaking 1988 Pikes Peak run. As well as being visually beautiful, its also completely jaw-dropping.

    The car Vatanen drove was a factory Peugeot 405 T16, built specifically for this event. It featured over 600hp, four wheel drive, and four wheel steering, and weighed 900kg. For 1988, this was state of the art.

    Here is Vatanen's description of the car, and the event: "One thing I'll remember forever was an occurrence during our preparations in Colorado. We prepared the cars in a workshop in an industrial estate, where it was possible to do a quick roll-out on a closed-off street.

    "Jean Todt sat beside me in the car, but of course there was no passenger seat. The car's acceleration on tarmac (0-200 in under 10 secs) had made me think that this is how it must feel to be catapulted off the deck of an aircraft carrier! Jean tried to hang on to whatever solid objects he could find inside the car, but when I stamped on the pedal he just disappeared from my peripheral view... getting squashed against the firewall in the back!

    "Watching the Climb Dance video you can hear me playing with the clutch. It was necessary to do that to maintain sufficient turbo boost. If I'd changed to a lower gear, all four wheels would have just spun insanely. In my younger days I had had to play with the clutch because of a lack of power, but now I had too much of it!

    "Amongst the jewelry of competition cars, this one was a diamond. Like unique jewelry is only worn on rare occasions, the Pikes Peak car was only used to climb the hill once a year.

    "But the enjoyment you get from driving that car... it really is the ultimate!"


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