COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In 2010 Jeff Zwart made Pikes Peak history and shook up the sports car establishment by running a road racing car – the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – at the world’s most famous hill climb, smashing the Time Attack class record and winning his seventh championship.
In 2011, Zwart drove his Porsche 911 GT2 RS turbo street car – not only up the Mountain, but on the Interstate from L.A. to Colorado Springs – and sliced 24-seconds off the record for a street-legal car, but was edged for the class title by an all-out race car.
So, for 2013, Zwart is combining the best of both worlds – the great race car he had in 2010 with the turbo power he had in 2011 to seek his eighth class title at the 91st Running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which starts today with practice sessions and will end Sunday, June 30, with the event itself.
On his decision to prepare and run this unique Porsche for 2013, Zwart said it was a matter of what makes sense.
“Our decision to run the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the most balanced car I have ever run at Pikes Peak, in conjunction with the Porsche 911 Turbo motor, the best power I have ever felt at the Mountain, was based on the data that showed the turbo delivered the most even power at both the bottom and the top of the mountain. This solved the high elevation horsepower starvation that occurs in normally-aspirated cars,” said Zwart.