As a young kid growing up in Japan, Ken Gushi’s father would tell him tales of an epic summit in North America known as Pikes Peak. This 14,115 foot goliath in the Colorado Rockies, has been home to one of the most treacherous and infamous hill climbs in the world since 1916. The 12.42 mile road course, traversing 4,720 feet of elevation through no less then 156 turns, rewards drivers with some of the most amazing views witnessed from a racecar cockpit, while simultaneously exposing them to the danger of 600+ foot plummets. A majority of the 92 competitions held at Pikes Peak were on a road that was all dirt. However, over the past decade pavement has been slowly creeping its way to the summit, resulting in faster times each year (vehicle/driver improvements aside). In 2012 the climb finally became all tarmac. While some say that the original spirit of Pikes Peak has been lost, most find the progression of the racing and skill needed to successfully reach the summit is higher than ever.
Scion Racing first reached the summit in 2012 with the GReddy Racing team campaigning a Time Attack tC. The team returned again in 2013 with similar success. For 2014, a new challenge was presented. With Ken Gushi driving an all-new Scion FR-S in Formula Drift and his previous drift FR-S itching for action – the team at GReddy decided to convert the car from drift to hill climb spec. It proved to be no easy task.
Watch the video below to see Ken and the GReddy Racing team prepare for one of the most difficult motorsports endeavors and attempt to not only reach the summit, but the podium as well.